LeadershIP 2020 DC

September 10, 2020 | Washington, D.C.

Since its inaugural event seven years ago, LeadershIP has grown to be a high-quality and recognized convener of thought-leaders and exchange of ideas related to innovation and Intellectual Property policies that drive the U.S. economy.  We look forward to your participation once again this year. 

The themes for LeadershIP 2020 include:

  • 5G Technology Leadership: What it Means and Why it Matters 
  • Innovation Policy: U.S. and The World 
  • The Patent System: Has the Pendulum Swung too Far? 
  • The recent joint statement of the USPTO, DOJ, and NIST Joint Statement regarding SEPs
  • IP and International Antitrust: Boundaries, Checks, and Balances

Event Agenda

08:30 - 09:00

Registration and Breakfast

09:00 - 09:30

Morning Keynote

09:30 - 10:45

5G Technology Leadership: What it Means and Why it Matters 

5G is here. It will eventually connect every car we drive, every home we live in, every computer or smartphone we own, and more. 

The global importance of 5G as a universal fabric of communications has led to fierce competition. What are the primary features and players of this race to 5G leadership? Why does winning this race matter for jobs, growth, and national security? Do IP and antitrust policies play a role in this race? 

10:45 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:15

Innovation Policy: U.S. and The World  

Unlike countries like China, the United States no longer has a centralized innovation policy. Over the past decade, efforts to fundamentally change the rules for IP licensing and enforcement have come from various directions, in various forms, including (i) Antitrust positions on the enforcement of certain types of IP; (ii) Narrowing of “patent-eligible subject matter,” (iii) Limiting the ability to seek injunctive relief, and (iv) Proposed changes to the ways that patent damages are calculated.

This panel will explore the collective impact of these various efforts to reshape the patent system and compare these efforts to trends in other jurisdictions.

12:15 - 01:30


01:30 - 02:15

The Patent System: Has the Pendulum Swung too Far?

Explore the latest research on a historical perspective on the patent system and where the United States stands today.

02:15 - 03:30

USPTO, DOJ, and NIST Joint Statement on SEP Remedies 

As recently announced, the DOJ, USPTO, and NIST issued a joint statement on SEPs. The general theme of this new joint policy statement, as informed by developments since 2013, is that there are no special rules for SEPs or different treatment of them from any other type of patent. 

This panel explores the change in US patent policy on SEPs and what that means for the world.

03:30 - 03:45 


03:45 - 05:00

IP and International Antitrust: Boundaries, Checks, and Balances

Patents and intellectual property (IP) rights continue to be increasingly evaluated in light of competition law policies and analysis. This trend intersects with various agencies worldwide, setting their own guidelines at the intersection of antitrust and IP, and under some circumstances, the guidelines limit patent rights.

This panel will reflect upon how the global agency dynamics at the intersection of IP & antitrust have evolved in the last few decades. Do they need to be reevaluated? 

What are the lessons learned and the way forward for global businesses?  

05:00- 06:00


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