Upcoming Events

Tue 4/22

Image - His Excellency Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland

His Excellency Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland

Date: Tue, April 22, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
People and Ice: The New Significance of the Arctic and the Himalayas
People and Ice: The New Significance of the Arctic and the Himalayas
 
On Earth Day 2014, join us for a special program with the president of Iceland. A member of the Arctic Council, Iceland is at the forefront of those nations in the North feeling the environmental effects brought on by climate change. While the melting polar ice cap has potential broad negative consequences for the world’s oceans, sea levels and climate, at the same time it increases the potential for commercial and economic activity in the Arctic region. The president will speak both about the challenges and the opportunities. His Excellency Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson has been Iceland’s president since 1996 and is currently serving his fifth elected term in office. He has had a long and illustrious career in public service, which includes receiving the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize.
 

Thu 5/1

Go to The 17th Annual Travers Conference: Ethics and Accountability in Government

The 17th Annual Travers Conference: Ethics and Accountability in Government

Date: Thu, May 01, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM

Theme: Accountability in Higher Education
 
With tuition rising fast and state budgets perpetually crunched, universities are facing intense public scrutiny about the value they deliver to their students and to the public. How should we conceptualize the mission and obligations of universities? Do public universities hold a unique public trust, and has this eroded along with state financial support? How should we measure the performance of universities or individual units within them? What is the effect of prevailing personnel practices, such as tenure or increasing reliance on adjuncts on the effectiveness of universities in meeting their social obligations?
 

Thu 12/4

Image - John A. Amster: Patents in the Boardroom – The Truth Behind the Headline

John A. Amster: Patents in the Boardroom – The Truth Behind the Headlines

Date: Thu, December 04, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

John A. AmsterCEO and Co-founder, RPX Corporation

Patents have been big news in recent years. Large electronics rivals have made headlines by waging high-stakes legal battles over infringement of smartphone patents. Bankrupt companies have auctioned off their patent portfolios for hundreds of millions – or even billions – of dollars. The most significant development affecting patents, however, has been the rise of non-practicing entities (NPEs), also known as “patent trolls.” NPEs acquire patents and litigate them to extract license payments or legal settlements from an allegedly infringing company. Operating companies spent nearly $11 billion dealing with NPE litigation in 2012 alone.

RPX CEO and Co-founder Amster will describe how patents have been transformed from legal protection of a novel invention into a major source of operating risk. Today, owners of patents are monetizing their value through costly and inefficient legal processes. The discussion will focus on a different perspective: how patents can and should be transacted using market mechanisms instead, and in the process, save operating companies billions of dollars every year.