Forum Schedule

Date: Friday October 5 and Saturday October 6, 2007
Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm (Friday), 8:00am – Conference close (Saturday)
Location: Lewis & Clark Law School, Wood Hall, Room 8 (Map & Directions)

8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

Lisa LeSage Associate Dean and Director of Business Law Programs

Joe Miller, Associate Professor, Lewis & Clark Law School

8:45 a.m. Morning Session I - Law


Gregory Mandel, The Nonobvious Problem

John Duffy, Racing, Timing, and the Patenting Standard

Rebecca Eisenberg, Pharma’s Nonobviousness Problem


Rochelle Dreyfuss

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Morning Session II - Economics


Suzanne Scotchmer, Nonobviousness, Options and the Scarcity of Ideas

Scott Stern, The Strategic Impact of Patent Office Standards

Vincenzo Denicolo, The Nonobviousness Requirement with Complementary Innovations


Michael Katz

Noon Lunch

Keynote Speaker - Kevin Rivette

Mr. Rivette is currently the Chairman of the USPTO Public Patent Advisory Committee. He recently served as IBM’s Vice President of Intellectual Property Strategy.

1:15 p.m. Afternoon Session I - Psychology


Keith Sawyer

Colleen Seifert, Now Why Didn’t I Think of That? The Cognitive Processes That Create the Obvious,

Steven Smith, Invisible Assumptions and the Unintentional Use of Knowledge and Experiences in Creative Cognition


Janet Davidson

2:45 pm Break

3:15 pm Afternoon Session II - R & D Perspectives


Mark Blaxill, Senior Partner & Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group

Ian Harvey, Chairman, Intellectual Property Institute (UK)

Damon Matteo, Vice President for Intellectual Capital Management, Xerox PARC

Kevin Rivette, Chairman, USPTO Public Patent Advisory Committee


Andy Culbert, Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Corp.

4:30 pm Reception


8:30 am Continental Breakfast

9:00 am Morning Session I - Law


Katherine Strandburg, Nonobviousness and Nerd Culture

Joseph Miller, Are Erroneous Patent Denials Better Than Erroneous Grants?

R. Polk Wagner, KSR, the Supreme Court and the Future of Patent Reform


Robert Merges

10:30 am Break

10:45 am Roundtable Discussion

Noon Lunch & Conference Close