Oct 12: Congressional Patent Wars: Innovation Policy, Politics, and the Public Interest

Lunch with Christopher Gallagher

American University Washington College of Law
Oct. 12, 2010 (Noon – 2pm)
Room 528
Lunch provided by IP Law Society and PIJIP



Everyone favors "Innovation", while few think well of Congress. Viewed by economists as the savior of our nation's competitive edge in the global economy, "innovation" is heralded daily in the press and countless new books. The unique by-product of our mix of capitalism and democracy, America's innovation eco-system is the envy of the world. Congress, on the other hand, is favored by very few, even in DC. In fact however, neither innovation nor Congress are well understood and understanding  both is more important than ever.

Christopher Gallagher:

Having spent years as one of the most influential and highly regarded advocates in the New Hampshire Legislature and state administrative agencies, and a perennial selection to The Best Lawyers in America, Chris is now focused primarily on federal policies in Washington, DC.

Having served as general counsel for the New Hampshire Bankers Association, and having represented New Hampshire utilities, hospitals, insurers, aggregate manufacturers and other entities, Chris has been involved in nearly every substantial New Hampshire economic regulatory initiative over the last 25 years. This experience provides him with an uniquely respected voice on Capitol Hill, enabling him to communicate effectively with members whose federal decision-making must reflect and respect the complexities of their home-state constituents.

A frequent speaker and commentator in local and national media on policy issues regarding financial services, privacy, business, and government, Chris has testified on financial services issues before U.S. House and Senate Committees, and has been a panelist in Capitol Hill briefings on intellectual property issues.

Twice appointed by President Clinton, he served two terms as a director and vice chair of the Corporation for National Service (AmeriCorps). He has also served as a director of the New Hampshire Business & Industry Association and as a member of the board of governors of New Hampshire Public Television. He is a member of the roster of the Financial Services Committee of NAFTA, an incorporator of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and a member of the editorial advisory board of Privacy and Information Law Report.

A cum laude graduate of Holy Cross in 1962, Chris graduated from Harvard Law School in 1965.