2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

How Public Policy Protects Patents and Startups

Sunday, March 15
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 10AB
Austin Convention Center


Patent trolls are an expensive drain on innovation and on the US economy. They target developers, businesses and technology users in hope of a quick, lucrative settlement – because fighting them is even more costly. In this session, policy experts on patents will highlight the growing problem patent trolls pose; showcase the need for patent law reform; and discuss the weapons to battle these cash-hungry trolls. There is a lot of noise surrounding patent trolls and what the government, courts and entrepreneurs are doing to fight them. Learn how Congress is working in a bipartisan way to address the problem and what you can do to help.


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Alyssa Gowens Betz


TwinLogic Strategies

April Boyd

Sr Dir of Federal Government Affairs


Kate Doerksen



Kate Doerksen is an athlete turned investor turned e-commerce entrepreneur. After graduating from Stanford Business School in 2011, Kate cofounded DITTO.com, an ecommerce site selling designer eyew...

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Vishal Amin

Sr Counsel

US House of Representatives

Vishal Amin currently serves as Majority Senior Counsel on the House Judiciary Committee, where he serves as an advisor to Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) and Committee Members on iss...

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