February 2, 2016 - 6:00pm PST
San Francisco, CA

After years of political debates over legislative fixes, the patent system still isn't working. It's expensive, slow, and often abused by trolls. And litigation is still on the rise: 2015 saw the second highest number of patent cases ever, two-thirds of which were filed by trolls. There are ongoing efforts in the courts and Congress to fix it, but in the meantime, what should a startup do?

Join Engine, EFF, students from Stanford Law's IP and Innovation Clinic, and industry leaders for a discussion on ways to Hack the Patent System. From patent pools, to defensive licensing programs, to litigation insurance, there are a lot of options to consider.


  • Julie Samuels, Engine
  • Daniel Nazer, EFF
  • Jishnu Menon, Mozilla
  • John Casey, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich, and Rosati
  • Marta Belcher, Ropes & Gray, LLP