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Patents are increasingly controversial, especially when owned by parties who are neither the inventors nor operating companies. These owners — Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs) or, more pejoratively, patent trolls — are often viewed with hostility by operating companies and patent policy analysts. At the same time, patents are a constitutionally given right to exclude others from copying an invention for a limited period of time in exchange for public disclosure of the patented innovation.
These disagreements directly affect the RFID community. Certain owners of RFID patents have sued technology providers, manufacturers, and retailers for patent infringement. Targets of these lawsuits include Motorola Solutions, Macy’s, American Apparel, Dole Food, Fruit Of The Loom, The Gap, Pepsico, and Amazon. For the time being, these lawsuits apparently have stifled major deployments of RFID applications in the United States.
On October 21st, a diverse panel of experts will address questions such as:
• Who owns the roughly 4,000 RFID patents that exist today and for which RFID technologies?
• How have the patent lawsuits directly affected manufacturers, retailers, and technology providers?
• Should NPEs be able to bar RFID from a given industry segment through litigation?
• Should patent owners other than inventors and operating companies be able to enforce patents?
• Should RFID software applications be patentable?
• Should business methods be patentable?
• Are patent laws outdated for the digital age? Is new legislation required? What should be the goals of new legislation?
• Roger Stewart, former CTO of Alien Technology, an early RFID Technology pioneer
• Ted Mlynar, Esq., litigator and patent attorney, Hogan Lovells, a successful litigator with RFID knowledge and experience spanning 20 years
• Michael Rader, Esq., litigator and patent attorney, Wolf Greenfield, a successful litigator for e-Ink intellectual property
• Dr. Bruce Roesner, President of V Track ID
After receiving his Ph.D. in solid-state electrical engineering from Purdue University Dr. Roesner has pursued a career in the electronics field with primary focus on RF communications. Having founded three companies, he was previously the Chief Operating Officer and Chairman of the Board of SCS Corporation which became the leader in RFID systems. Subsequently, Dr. Roesner founded and served as the President and CEO of Bella ID Solutions which was formed to fulfill the growing demand for a high performance, low cost RFID systems. After joining Sirit Corporation as CTO and VP Engineering he was able to implement industry leading technology in automatic vehicle identification greatly enhancing Sirit’s market position and value. He has had wide experience in R&D, engineering, manufacturing and management and has more than 30 patents to his credit.