Berkeley - The Federal Trade Commission and
the Department of Justice Antitrust Division will hold joint
hearings at the University of California, Berkeley's Haas
School of Business Feb. 25-28 to develop a better understanding
of how to manage issues that arise at the intersection of
antitrust and intellectual property law and policy.
Part of a national series of hearings on "Competition and
Intellectual Property Law and Policy in the Knowledge-based
Economy. " these events on the UC Berkeley campus are jointly
hosted by UC Berkeley's Competition Policy Center and the
Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at the School of Law
(Boalt Hall). They are organized around the theme, "Economic
Perspectives and Real-World Experience with Patents." Thirteen
UC Berkeley professors will be presenting at the hearings.
For four days, national leaders in academia and industry
will present their experiences and findings to the commission.
Thirteen UC Berkeley professors will be presenting at the
hearings. Daily sessions will focus on business and other
testimony regarding the "real world" experience with patents
and competition, and explore economic and business perspectives
on intellectual property, competition, and innovation.
UC Berkeley faculty hosts to the conference are:
*Joseph Farrell, chair of the Competition Policy Center
and professor of economics
*Peter Menell, executive director of the Berkeley Center
for Law & Technology and professor of law at the School
of Law (Boalt Hall)
*Carl Shapiro, director of the Institute of Business and
Economics Research and Transamerica Professor of Business
Strategy at the Haas School of Business
Both Farrell and Shapiro have previously served as deputy
assistant attorney general for economic analysis at the
Department of Justice's Antitrust Division.
Individual sessions are tentatively scheduled on the following
* Economic perspectives on intellectual property, competition
* Business perspectives on patents: biotech and pharmaceuticals
* Business perspectives on patents: software and the Internet
* Diverse perspectives on patents
* Economic and other perspectives on patent standards and
* Business perspectives on patents: hardware and semiconductors
The event is open to the public. All sessions will be held
in the Wells Fargo Room at the Haas School of Business on
the UC Berkeley campus. The Haas School is located at the
east end of campus on Gayley Road between Hearst Avenue
and Bancroft Way.