This weekend I will be speaking at the Oregon Patent Law Association's 2014 Salishan Patent Law Conference. My presentation, titled Do Patent Assertion Entities Help or Hinder Innovation? A Review of the Principal Arguments, is an updated and expanded version of a talk I gave earlier this year, and will also cover various efforts at the state and federal level to curtail perceived abuses by PAEs. Other speakers (on a variety of topics) include Professors Anna Laakmann, Tim Holbrook, Jeffrey Letsin, and Lisa Dolak, as well as Foley & Lardner's Hal Wegner. Here is a link to the flyer. I'd be happy to meet any readers from the Pacific Northwest who might be interested in attending.