CASRIP Newsletter - Fall 1998, Volume 5, Issue 3
Policy Makers Gathered to Discuss Future IP System at CASRIP
1998 High Technology Protection Summit . July 24-25, 1998
by Rituja Indapure
The High Technology Protection Summit was held on July 24-25, 1998 at the Boeing Auditorium, Seafirst Executive Education Center, University of Washington. The aim of the conference was to bring onto one platform eminent persons associated with the field of patents for a discussion on the current topics in the patent law field.
The subjects that were addressed at the Conference were Patent Court: Fairness and Expertise; Updates on the IP Enforcement in Asia; The Impact of the Internet on Traditional Copyright and Trademark Systems; and Coordination and Collaboration for Globalization of Patent Systems.
Judge Paul Michel, Judge United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit gave the keynote speech. The address was given through a teleconference. The topic Judge Michel's speech was "Roles of Trial Judges, Jurors, and Appeals Court Judges in Patent Infringement Cases." Among the topics he discussed were how jury instructions and special interrogatories will enhance the patent jury trials and also the problems faced by the courts implementing such. His lecture has helped initiate a dialogue among the members of the bar and bench and academicians concerning the possible approaches to improving jury decisions in patent cases.
The second speaker was Judge Dee Benson, Judge, United States District Court of Utah. He shared with the audience his experiences as a District Court Judge and the problems faced by such District Court Judges, who are not trained in the highly specialized field of patent law, in deciding such cases. His lecture was indeed an insight into the actual workings of the court system. It was of special interest to the foreign participants of the conference to get first-hand knowledge of the workings of the jury system in the federal courts.
The second session started with a look at the European Justice system. Judges from the Netherlands, England, and Germany addressed the conference. The lecturers were Judge Jan J. Brinkhof, Judge of the Court of Appeals of The Hague, Netherlands. His topic was Competition among European Courts and Proposal for a Federal European Patent Court. Among other subjects he discussed were the harmonization of the substantive patent law in Europe and the initiatives taken by the European Commission to solve the problems relating to Patent Laws. He also discussed the alternatives within the framework of the European Patent Convention.
Judge Peter Ford of the patents County Court of London addressed the "New Developments and Reform in the English Patent Litigation from April 1999." This lecture was followed by an insight into the German patent law courts by Judge Hans Marshall. He explained in detail the procedures involved in bringing litigation in the German courts. He discussed the jurisdiction of the Courts, cross- border litigation and forum shopping.
Judge J.H.P.J. Willems discussed patent proceedings in The Netherlands. This session of the Conference was concluded by a lecture by Jochen Pagenberg, who spoke about the importance of claim drafting under German law.
The session was followed by lunch at Kane Hall at the UW campus, and the speaker was Alvin Kwiram, Vice Provost for Research, Office of Provost, University of Washington.