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Wednesday, November 25, 2015
2016 IPO STANDING IP COMMITTEES ANNOUNCED
IPO is pleased to announce the list of 2016 Standing IP Committees! The list is similar to the 2015 list, with a few changes. Stay tuned to the Daily News for more information on how to sign up for the 2016-2017 committee term.
IPO QUESTIONS USPTO’S PROPOSED PATENT FEE INCREASES
Yesterday IPO President PHILIP JOHNSON (Johnson & Johnson) sent a letter to the USPTO in response to a request for public comments on the Office’s Proposed Patent Fee Schedule. IPO expressed appreciation that the USPTO did not propose any increase in the maintenance fees for patent owners. The letter questioned, however, the proposed 25% fee increase for exceeding 3 independent claims and 20 overall claims, which IPO argued does not comport with actual patent prosecution practices. Among others, the letter also questioned the proposed fee increases related to appeals, information disclosure statements, and requests for continued examination (RCE) and recommended changes to after final practice to ameliorate the need for RCEs. The letter argued that the drastic increase in design patent filing (48.4%) and issue (79%) fees related was unwarranted and could decrease the incentive to develop and protect new designs.
A subcommittee including members from IPO’s U.S. Patent Office Practice, Industrial Designs, and U.S. Post-Grant Practice Committees, and particularly COURTENAY BRINKERHOFF (Foley & Lardner), BRENT DOUGAL (Knobbe), ELIZABETH FERRILL (Finnegan), KEVIN GREENLEAF (Dentons), MELISSA HANSEL (Nelson Mullins Riley Scarborough), QUIN HOELLWARTH (Apple), KAVEH RASHIDI-YAZD (Siemens), SUNJEEV SIKAND (RatnerPrestia), and SEAN SULLIVAN led the efforts in preparing the comments.
U.S. SENATE TO DISCUSS TRADE SECRET THEFT
On Wednesday, December 2, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Protecting Trade Secrets: the Impact of Trade Secret Theft on American Competitiveness and Potential Solutions to Remedy This Harm.” The hearing will be held at 10:00a.m. ET in Room 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. It will likely be webcast.
INTRODUCING IPO’S WOMEN IN IP LAW COMMITTEE
IPO is pleased to offer a new committee for the coming term, the Women in IP Law Committee. This committee will focus on issues affecting women in the workplace, how to engage more women in IP, and other special projects. This is the first committee of its kind for IPO and you can be a part of shaping it! Sign up for this committee beginning December 1!
PUBLIC ADVISORY COMMITTEES ISSUE 2015 ANNUAL REPORTS
This week the Patent Public Advisory Committee and Trademark Public Advisory Committee issued their annual reports for fiscal year 2015. Created by the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999, the committees advise the USPTO Director on the management of patent and trademark operations as representatives of USPTO users’ interests. The committees review the policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees and report annually on these matters to the Secretary of Commerce, the President, and the Committees on the Judiciary of the Senate and the House of Representatives.
IP IN THE MASS MEDIA
Edie Parker Sues Rival for Infringement of Handbag Design
Yesterday Vogue UK reported that handbag company Edie Parker sued Bag Box for trade dress and copyright infringement, claiming its bags copy various elements of Parker’s signature square handbags. Edie Parker also sued for trademark infringement, claiming Bag Box used Edie Parker logos on its website to confuse consumers.
Megaupload Founder’s Extradition Trial Ends in New Zealand
The trial to determine whether to extradite file-sharing site Megaupload’s founder KIM DOTCOM and three others to the U.S. to stand trial on criminal copyright infringement charges ended yesterday in New Zealand. The judge’s verdict is not expected for several weeks. (AP)
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Friday, February 21, 2014
2014 USPTO BUDGET WILL ALLOW HIRING, SATELLITE OFFICES
During the quarterly meeting of the USPTO’s Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC), Chief Financial Officer TONY SCARDINO reported that the 2014 appropriations bill signed in January funds the USPTO at $3.024 billion – $90.8 million above the fiscal 2013 enacted level and $238.3 million above the fiscal 2013 sequestration level. The budget will allow the USPTO to hire 1,000 patent examiners and 63 administrative patent judges and provides funding related to opening satellite offices in San Jose, Denver, and Dallas. Projected 2014 spending is estimated at $2.948 billion. The White House will release its fiscal 2015 budget on March 4.
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