Global Intellectual Property Symposium

OTC hosts Global Intellectual Property Symposium

On November 22, 2010, the Office of Technology Commercialization hosted the University Intellectual Property Symposium on Global Initiatives. The event was held in conjunction with the Austin Chamber of Commerce’s Texas Global IP Leadership Summit. The gathering of university tech transfer, research, and innovation professionals was initiated to discuss how recent initiatives released by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the World Intellectual Property Office will influence higher education institutions.

[ Global IP leaders speak in Austin ]
Global IP leaders visit Austin: (L to R) LEE SooWon, Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office; James Pooley, Deputy Director General for Patents of the World Intellectual Property Organization; David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The symposium featured remarks from three speakers:

  • David Kappos, undersecretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the U.S. Patent andTrademark Office
  • James Pooley, deputy director general for innovation and technology at the World Intellectual Property Organization
  • LEE Soowon, commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office

The speakers discussed three key issues facing technology and universities today:

  • The Patent Prosecution Highway
  • Quality and reexaminations
  • Business method patents

Kappos stressed the importance of utilizing the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH), a process in which information is shared among 14 national patent offices across the globe. He said that although use of the PPH through the USPTO has been limited, it is delivering substantial benefits in reduced cost and time for both the patent seekers and the agency. “Researchers who want to protect their discoveries should extend the protection of their ideas as widely as they can. You need to be thinking globally,” he said.

The speakers’ remarks were followed by questions presented by a panel of local intellectual property (IP) experts: David Parker, partner, Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP; Anthony Peterman, legal director, patents, Dell Inc.; and John Golden, professor, UT Austin School of Law. Richard Miller, chief commercialization officer at The University of Texas at Austin, moderated.

The Austin Chamber of Commerce 2010 Texas Global IP Summit immediately followed the University Symposium. The Chamber’s event offered the public the opportunity to hear the global speakers, as well as local key influencers from a broad range of technology and commercial industry and government sectors, discuss the latest IP legal and business trends affecting economies, investments, and markets across the globe. To download speaker presentations, visit and select “Event Materials.”