The Complexity of the Patent System Agenda

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March 12 – 14, 2018
Santa Fe Institute

Monday, March 12th

8:30am Light breakfast
9:00am Welcome & introduction to the conference (framing questions)

José Lobo, Arizona State University

9:20 a.m. "Why is the Santa Fe Institute hosting this meeting?"

David Krakauer, Santa Fe Institute

10:10am Group Discussion I: "What do we want to talk about?"

José Lobo (moderator), Arizona State University

10:45am Coffee Break
11:05am "The patenting system as a historical system"

Zorina Khan, Bowdoin College

11:40am Q&As
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm "The challenge of recognizing (and patenting) novelty"

Alan Marco, Georgia Institute of Technology

1:35pm "Patents as information packets…but mainly legal instruments"

Thomas Krause, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

2:10pm Discussant: Brendan Tracey, Santa Fe Institute
2:25pm Q&As
3:00pm Tea Break
3:30pm "Patenting as cultural accumulation?"

Andrés Gómez Calderón, Portillo & de la Cruz

3:35pm Discussant: Mirta Galesic, Santa Fe Institute
3:55pm Group Discussion II, Peter Harter (moderator)
5:00pm Meeting adjourned

Tuesday, March 13th

8:30am Light breakfast
9:00am "Computational history and patent data: what can we learn about the patenting system?"

Simon Dedeo, Carnegie Mellon University & Santa Fe Institute

9:35 a.m. "Invention as collective learning: how different is patenting?"

James Evans, University of Chicago

10:30am Coffee Break
11:00am TBD
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm "Recognizing emerging technologies in the patent record"

Jan Youtie, Georgia Institute of Technology

1:35pm "Quantifying information in patents"

Deborah Strumsky, Arizona State University

2:10pm Discussant: Hyejin Youn, Northwestern University
2:30pm Q&As
3:00pm Tea Break
3:30pm Group Discussion III
5:00pm Meeting adjourned

Wednesday, March 14th

8:30am Light breakfast
9:00am "The uncertainty of patenting: risky, profitable and annoying — the view from business"

Brian Hinman, Former Chief IP Officer at Phillips

9:35 a.m. TBD
10:10am TBD
10:45am Group Discussion IV
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm "Can AI fix what is “broken” with the patent system?"

Colleen Chien, Santa Clara University School of Law

2:00pm Discussant: Feng Bill Shi, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2:20pm Group Discussion V
3:30pm Meeting ends
4:00pm Informal discussion on a possible research agenda/effort on invention, information and uncertainty