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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

SEPTEMBER 1, 2015

THE POLLS ARE OPEN!

Finalists have been selected for the 2015 IP Video Contest and we need your help to pick the winners! The IPO Education Foundation challenged young adults to create a short video explaining the importance of the patent system. We received over 100 entries, and have narrowed it down to ten finalists.

Watch the finalists’ videos (all under 2 minutes long) and vote for your favorite in each age category! Winners will be receive cash prizes or scholarships. Share the link with your family and friends! The polls close on September 15.

IPO URGES FEDERAL CIRCUIT TO REHEAR APPEAL ON PATENT ELIGIBILITY OF METHOD FOR ANALYZING FETAL DNA

On August 27 IPO filed an amicus brief urging an en banc rehearing by the Federal Circuit in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc. A 3-judge panel held Sequenom’s method for analyzing fetal DNA patent-ineligible even though Judge LINN in a concurring opinion called it a “breakthrough invention.” IPO’s brief argued that the court (1) should hold that a claimed method must be considered as a whole for purposes of determining patent eligibility, and (2) should clarify that evidence that a claim does not unduly preempt use of ineligible subject matter strongly supports patent eligibility. The filing of the brief was approved by the IPO Board of Directors and it was drafted by TEIGE SHEEHAN of IPO member Heslin Rothenberg with assistance from DAVID GASS of Marshall, Gerstein. IPO President PHILIP JOHNSON and Amicus Brief Committee Chair KEVIN RHODES were on the brief. It was IPO’s third brief in August.

PallmeyerRebecca_smallDISTRICT COURT JUDGE REBECCA PALLMEYER TO SPEAK AT IPO’S ANNUAL MEETING

The IPO Annual Meeting will feature a session on “How to Recover Your Attorney Fees from Your (by Definition) Bad Faith Litigation Adversary?” In the wake of Octane and Highmark, panelists will discuss current trends in district court cases; what you can do to recover fees; what you can do to defeat a request for fees; the role of judicial discretion; and real world effects on the behavior of litigants. Speakers include WILLIAM MILLER, General Mills, Inc.; ALEX CHACHKES, Orrik, Herrington & Sutcliffe; HON. REBECCA PALLMEYER, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; and LEIF SIGMOND, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff.

NEW IPO MEMBER

RONALD KAMIS of Washington, D.C. has become an individual member of IPO.

IP IN THE MASS MEDIA

ITC Allows Importation of Nokia Phones

On Friday Reuters reported that the U.S. International Trade Commission denied InterDigital’s petition to block importation of Microsoft subsidiary Nokia’s mobile phones into the U.S.

Pokémon Raises Copyright Objections to Party

On Sunday Ars Technica reported that The Pokémon Company sued organizers of a Pokémon theme party at the PAX gaming conference in Seattle one day prior to the event, claiming that their use of Pokémon characters on marketing materials, plans to serve themed drinks, and more, would infringe the company’s copyrights. The party was cancelled.

PUBLISH YOUR ARTICLE IN THE IPO LAW JOURNAL

IPO is accepting member-written articles for the IPO Law Journal. Articles should be timely, IP-related, and unpublished. Previously published articles also will be considered if published in the last year and accompanied by written permission from the copyright holder. You can view full submission guidelines at www.ipo.org/submitarticle.


Law & Advocacy

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.