Patterson Thuente IP convenes roundtable forum on ‘patent trolls’

A Thoughtful Dissection of “The Good. The Bad. And the Ugly.”

On Thursday, April 24, William Mitchell College of Law and Patterson Thuente IP will host a rousing roundtable on the issue of patent trolls, convening top minds on the issue, including Senator Amy Klobuchar, Federal District Court Chief Judge Michael Davis, 3M Chief Patent Counsel Kevin Rhodes, and Senior Associate General Counsel Paul Savereide with the University of Minnesota.

Update: Video from April event posted

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 4:30–5:30 pm
William Mitchell College of Law Auditorium

In the last two years, the number of lawsuits brought by patent trolls has nearly tripled, according to the National Economic Council, accounting for 62 percent of patent lawsuits in the nation. The purpose of the roundtable discussion is to provide an understanding of the issues surrounding abusive patent litigation and how the various proposed remedies could affect the problem, and the ability of patent owners to enforce their rights.

Panelists will answer several questions:

  • What is the definition of a patent troll?
  • Where is the line between enforcing patent rights and trolling?
  • Why is abusive patent litigation largely a U.S. problem?
  • Are patent trolls symptomatic of larger problems plaguing the U.S. patent system?
  • What are the roles of legislators, judges, the USPTO, the business community, and other entities in fixing the problem?
  • What solutions will be effective?

RSVP Today

The 5th Annual Patterson Thuente IP Roundtable Discussion is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Advance reservations are required. Application has been made for CLE credits.

Register online or RSVP to Tracy Dann at 612-349-5762 or