The Center for Law, Technology and the Arts will sponsor “The Role of Non-Practicing Entities in the Modern Patent System: A Debate” Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the Moot Courtroom.

The free, public event will feature Paul R. Michel, former Chief Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals on the Federal Circuit; Robert Merges, professor at University of California–Berkeley School of Law; Michael L. Lynch of Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner; John Paul of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner; John Duffy, professor at University of Virginia School of Law; Erich Spangenberg, chairman of IP Navigation Group; and Jon Wood, chief IP counsel at Bridgestone Americas Holding Inc.

Panelists will discuss and argue all sides of the issue and take feedback and questions from attendees during this interactive symposium. At the end of each topic, the audience, armed with clickers, will vote on which panel won the debate.

Other sponsors of the event are Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, IP Navigation Group and Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP.

Register by Feb. 17 at law.case.edu/Lectures.aspx?lec_id=287.