WHO: The Computer & Communications Industry Association, Alderman Michele Smith (43rd) and panelists representing tech companies, Congressional offices and Loyola University Chicago
WHAT: Patent Trolls and Chicago's Tech Community: What's at Stake, a roundtable discussion of "patent trolling," which refers to the practice of fraudulently threatening to sue businesses for alleged patent violations. The "patent troll" may not own the patent at all, the patent may have expired and/or the victim company may not be engaged in any illegal use of the patented technology.
State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) has introduced Senate Bill 3405, which passed the state Senate last week, to make this type of patent fraud illegal in Illinois.
WHEN: Friday, April 18, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Orbitz Headquarters, 200 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 1900