Patents & the Public Interest Speaker Series

Hosted by Charles Duan


Patent policy is a small but fast-moving and exciting field of public interest law, spanning artificial intelligence, health care, human genetics, telecommunications, and more. In this speaker series, patent policy practitioners at public-interest nonprofits will discuss the big issues in patent policy conversations today, as well as career path options in this unique field. These conversations will be of interest to seasoned patent practitioners looking to learn about key developments in law and policy, as well as students and young lawyers interested in less-traveled career paths in patents.

Sept 28

The Role of Start-Ups in Patent Policy
Abby Rives, Engine Advocacy 

Oct 6

Starting a Patent Policy Non Profit
Alex Moss, Public Interest Patent Law Institute

Oct 19

Patents and Digital Civil Liberties
Joe Mullin, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Oct 26

Competition Policy and Patent Law 
Josh Landau, Computer and Communications Industry Association

Nov 2

Advocating for Patients in Patent Policy
Zain Rizvi, Public Citizen and Matt Lane, Insight, PC



Charles Duan

Charles Duan, is a senior policy fellow with American University Washington  College of Law’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property. He is also a member of the Patent Public Advisory Committee of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is a senior fellow with the R Street Institute, a D.C. think tank, and was formerly the Director of the Patent Reform Project at Public Knowledge. His work and research focuses on intellectual property policy and its effects on the public interest in a variety of technology fields. Charles has a J.D. from Harvard Law School.