Competing Monopolies:
Challenges at the Intersection of Competition and Intellectual Property Laws

Centre for Innovation Law and Policy Conference
By Nancy McCormack

On May 10, 2002, the Law and Economics Program and the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law hosted a one day conference entitled Competing Monopolies: Challenges at the Intersection of Competition and Intellectual Property Laws. 

Willard K. TomThe conference began with opening remarks by Prof. Michael Trebilcock of the U of T followed by the first session which featured speakers Willard K. Tom, a partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius in Washington, D.C., and the Faculty’s Prof. Jon Putnam. Both provided an overview of competition law and intellectual property.  Professor Roger Ware of Queen’s University acted as commentator. 

 

Richard Owens, Prof. Michael Meurer, Prof. Dan Burk, Richard CorleySession two examined problems of patent fragmentation and patent flooding in biotechnology, computer software and business processes. The speakers were Prof. Michael Meurer of Boston University School of Law (with Prof. Ralph Winter, U of T, acting as commentator), and Prof. Dan Burk, of University of Minnesota Law School (with Richard Corley, Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP acting as commentator).

Session three, during the afternoon, dealt with issues in patent pooling and featured Prof. Richard J. Gilbert of the University of California, Berkeley, as speaker and Prof. Nancy Gallini, U of T, as commentator. 

Finally, the day ended with a session on the strategic exploitation of the standards setting process featuring Prof. Joseph Farrell, University of California, Berkeley, as speaker and Prof. Trebilcock as commentator. 

The day was chaired by Richard Owens, Executive Director of the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy at the Faculty, and was well attended by students, practitioners, government employees, faculty, and individuals from a variety of firms and businesses.