Richard Stallman will be joining us at Loyola Chicago to discuss Patents, Innovation and the Freedom to Use Ideas. Should be interesting.

The Loyola law Journal has organized another great conference.

This one day conference will provide a forum for nationally recognized scholars and judges to discuss the trade-off between two interests of the public: the interest in development of new ideas and the interest in freedom to use ideas. The patent system is intended to serve the former, but imposes a cost on the latter. More specifically, the Conference will explore whether the added innovation achieved by the patent system justifies its cost to society, whether it operates within the Constitution’s requirements, whether improvements can be made, and whether a different system or no system at all might be preferred.

Richard Stallman will be giving a special address on “Questioning the Assumptions of the Patent System”

April 11, 2013.

More details are available at