• Party with the Patent Judges!

    Does anyone see a conflict of interest when the world’s richest patent owners fly judges from all over the world to a 3-day conference in Brussels?  Here’s the lede:

    Bringing nearly 100 judges from more than 30 countries to Europe.  Sharing experiences among patent-experienced judges from many countries and between the patent bench and bar.

    This gathering won’t hear from patent skeptics.  The Platinum sponsors are Akin Gump, Du Pont, ExxonMobil, Finnegan, P&G and Johnson & Johnson.  The program committee is unabashedly pro-IP.  No voice for the public domain; MSF, Oxfam, Jamie Love, Sean Flynn and other public interest voices aren’t on the program.

    I’m fine with IP maximalists holding conferences; I’m worried when judges from around the planet are wined and dined while hearing only a pro-IP point of view.

    Interested in attending?  It will set you back US$1,475 plus travel, hotel and food.  But you are promised access to the judges:

    Conference attendees will have an opportunity to share experiences with nearly one hundred judges from around the world.  Beginning with a welcome reception on Monday, judges will attend sessions and social events with intellectual property law attorneys and other interested parties.

    Sounds like buying social access to IP judges to me.

    h/t to patent docs

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