Panel Discussion on Inventors and the Patent System at the National Museum of American History

The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian Institute, the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property at the Antonin Scalia Law School, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invite you to a panel discussion at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

 The panel, titled “America as a Place of Innovation: Great Inventors and the Patent System,” will explore the history of innovation and broader social, political, and legal contexts in which it occurred at the end of the 19th century.

Panel speakers include Profs. Ernest Freeberg of the University of Tennessee, Christopher Beauchamp of the Brooklyn Law School, and Adam Mossoff of George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. Panel members will address the historical role of patents, research-intensive startups, litigation, and licensing during a period of extraordinary disruptive innovation in the United States. USPTO Chief Economist Alan Marco will deliver closing remarks.

Attendance is free, but registration is required. Register as early as possible, as this event is expected to reach maximum capacity.