We are extremely excited about the high-caliber panel we have assembled to discuss the current state of the invention economy. In particular, we have four panelists with varying backgrounds, each with deep knowledge of the intellectual property landscape. In addition to the four panelists, we have a moderator who is one of the leading academics on innovation & entrepreneurship, MIT Professor Scott Stern. This compelling panel will review recent changes in the IP landscape which have impacted policies, incentives, and best-practices for startups and technologists. Here is a brief intro to the panel:
Scott Stern (Moderator): Scott Stern is the School of Management Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Scott explores how innovation—the production and distribution of “ideas”—differs from more traditional economic goods, and the implications of these differences for entrepreneurship, business strategy, and public policy. He is the director of the Innovation Policy Working Group at the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 2005, he was awarded the Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship.
Keith Bergelt (Panelist): Keith has had a number of leading roles in business, government, and industry organizations. He is a former US diplomat with who is a pioneer in intellectual property consulting and finance. He has served as CEO of Paradox Capital and currently serves as CEO of Open Invention Network, an organization that acquires patents and licenses them royalty free to entities which, in turn, agree not to assert their own patents against Linux and Linux-related systems and applications.
Rod Forter (Panelist): Rod serves as General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Skyhook Wireless, a Boston-based company that developed Wi-Fi positioning technology. The company is a pioneer in location-based services for use in mobile phones and has extensive experience generating, defending, and licensing its IP assets. Mr. Forter is responsible for Skyhook’s legal affairs, including litigation, technology licensing and contract negotiation, management of Skyhook’s intellectual property portfolio and various other matters.
Cameron Kerry (Panelist): Cameron serves as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He is the principal legal advisor to the Secretary of Commerce and third ranking secretarial officer. During his tenure as General Counsel, Kerry has been engaged in the wide range of issues facing the Department of Commerce as it seeks to lay a new foundation for economic growth. In particular, he has been a leader on work across the US government on patent reform and intellectual property issues.
Tom Myers (Panelist): Tom is a Partner at Brown Rudnick, a law firm with a portfolio of practices, including a premier Intellectual Property group. Tom has over 20 years of experience representing pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. He advises companies and investors on creating and implementing patent strategies to promote commercial and business goals. He also has experience in industry as a Vice President and General Counsel of Helicos BioSciences Corporation, where he directed and implemented patent and legal strategies and played a significant role in that company’s successful IPO.