Whither Patents? – Musings on the Bargain Theory of Patents


Chancellor Day Hall NCDH 202, 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA
Free to the public; 30$ for lawyers seeking CLE hours

The Centre for Intellectual Property Policy (CIPP) welcomes Mr. Stephen Perry (Perry & Currier, Currier & Kao, Patent and Trademark Agents).


The policy rationale for patents is that public disclosure of inventions promotes innovation. The relationship between advances in innovation and growth of patents in the 19th and 20th centuries suggests that the bargain has been fair. Today, patent law is straining to accommodate technologies never contemplated by its legislative drafters, and to find the correct balance between rewarding innovation and encouraging competition. Can the patent system survive the strain?

This event is free for the public, but lawyers seeking Quebec Bar accreditation (1.5 hours of continuing legal education) must pay $30 on arrival. For more information, please contact david.groves [at] mail.mcgill.ca.