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ANSI Teams Up with G.W. Univ. and Oracle to Sponsor Symposium on Competition and Standards Setting in IT Industry

New York, Apr 10, 2002

Join a distinguished panel of experts for an in-depth examination of the impact that standards setting and patent activities have on commerce and competition in the computer industry at an industry symposium on Friday, April 19, 2002 at George Washington University (GWU) Law School in Washington, DC.

Co-sponsored by ANSI, GWU Law School and Oracle, an ANSI member, "A Symposium on Patent and Related Issues in Standards Setting" offers a unique opportunity to explore the many issues pertaining to intellectual property and competition law that arise from patents and standards setting activities. This critical subject will be addressed from all perspectives, including the legal, industry, standards setting organization, enforcement agency and academic angles, to give participants a comprehensive analysis.

Amy A. Marasco, the Institute's vice-president and general counsel, will deliver welcoming remarks along with Michael K. Young, dean of GWULS, and Daniel Cooperman, general counsel and senior vice-president of Oracle Corporation. "ANSI is very pleased to be a co-sponsor of this event with Oracle and GWU Law School," said Marasco, "The issues relating to the inclusion of patented material in standards is highly complex and subject to extensive review and debate at this time."

Presentations from leading academics, government officials from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice, legal experts, standards setting body representatives and business executives from major technology companies will address the multi-faceted issues that arise when patent law, antitrust concerns and the differing objectives of diverse standards setting bodies collide.

The "Symposium on Patent and Related Issues in Standards Setting" is the latest in a series of symposia begun in 1998 to explore emerging patent issues relating to software information technology; the goal of each has been to inspire new thoughts and stimulate discussion on the selected topic.

Please direct all inquiries and registration requests including name, title and organization to Kelly A. Wan, Oracle legal assistant at (t) 650.506.9824 or (e)

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