University of New Hampshire
On November 14, 1998, Franklin Pierce Law Center (FPLC), in cooperation with the Kenneth J. Germeshausen Center for the Law of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the PTC Research Foundation, both of which are headquartered at FPLC, held its Seventh Biennial Intellectual Property System Major Problems Conference. While noteworthy for a broadening in scope over previous conferences - from "patent system major problems" to "intellectual property system major problems" - the seventh biennial conference continues a tradition of scholarship and discussion begun in 1987 by former FPLC professor Homer O. Blair.
The discussions in Professor Blair's inaugural major problems conference focused on such varied topics as new forms of patents, litigation cost reduction measures, and first-to-file versus first-to-invent systems.
The 1989 conference was devoted primarily to patent trial simplification and dispute resolution.
The 1991 conference took up the issue of patent-law harmonization, with a particular focus on secret prior art, prior user rights 35 U.S.C. § 104, and publication of pending applications.
The principal topics for the 1993 conference included abolition of jury trials in patent cases, a new specialized patent court in England, prior user rights, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as an independent government corporation.
The 1995 conference covered patent costs, the future of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and prior user rights.
The most recent prior conference, in 1997, discussed medical procedures patents, software protection and the Doctrine of Equivalents, and featured remarks by the Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Patents.
Michael J. Meurer,
Digital Technology and Copyright: A Threat or a Promise - Introduction
IDEA: The Journal of Law and Technology
Available at: https://scholarship.law.bu.edu/faculty_scholarship/3229