One consequence of the renewed U.S. Supreme Court interest in patent cases in recent years is an enhanced scrutiny on patent rights generally and, in particular, on the importance of better defining contracts to govern the patent rights among the parties. The Intellectual Property Law Program of the University of Maryland School of Law, in collaboratoin with the Business Law Program and the Journal of Business & Technology Law, convened a symposium on April 18, 2008 to consider the pertinent jurisprudence to inform prudent business practices in managing patent rights by private agreements. This Issue of the Journal includes a separate symposium section that provides an annotated transcript of the proceedings and two articles, which address the issues raised at the symposium. This foreword is intended to provide the reader with a brief context for that day's events.
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