IPO Daily News™
Friday, March 7, 2014
WIPO DIRECTOR GENERAL FRANCIS GURRY TO SERVE SECOND 6-YEAR TERM
Yesterday 83 member countries of the World Intellectual Property Organization met in Geneva to select a Director General of the organization for the next 6 years. The current Director General, FRANCIS GURRY, won a majority of votes and will be recommended to the WIPO General Assembly for his second 6-year term. Yesterday’s vote was tantamount to reelection. Gurry, 64, has led WIPO since 2008. He previously served as Deputy Director General and has held several other WIPO posts. He began his career as an IP attorney and professor in Australia. He has spoken and published widely on IP issues and is well known to many IPO members.
Gurry’s path to reelection was bumpy. Three other candidates entered the race – representatives of Nigeria, Panama, and Estonia. He potentially faced three rounds of voting under a procedure in which the candidate with the least votes is eliminated after each round. However, Gurry garnered a majority of votes in the first round and the other candidates decided to withdraw. The candidate from Nigeria, who commanded the second highest vote total, gave a gracious speech supporting Gurry.
Voting was by secret ballot. Asian countries and many European countries supported Gurry, along with some developing countries. The U.S. did not reveal its vote, but is thought to have voted for Gurry. Gurry is only the fourth Director General in the history of WIPO, which was formed in 1967.
TOP USPTO OFFICIALS TO PRESENT DURING PTO DAY PROGRAM ON MARCH 25
Concurrent patent and trademark sessions will be offered throughout PTO Day. The 24th annual conference will be held on March 25 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. PEGGY FOCARINO, Commissioner for Patents, and DEBORAH COHN, Commissioner for Trademarks will kick off the conference with State of the PTO presentations followed by interactive discussions with top level PTO employees. The luncheon features an address by Deputy Director MICHELLE LEE. Judges from both Patent Trial and Appeal Board and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board will speak during the afternoon breakouts. WILLIAM COVEY, Acting General Counsel, will make presentations in both patent and trademark ethics sessions. For more information or to view the full program, visit www.ipoef.org/pto14.
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USPTO to Host 3D Printing Meeting
On April 9 the USPTO will host an informal meeting on 3D printing from 1:00pm-5:00pm.
Getty Images No Longer Charging License Fees for Copyrighted Images
Yesterday BloombergBusinessweek reported that Getty Images decided to allow non-commercial use of its photos without charging license fees. However, Getty will use embedded photos to collect information from websites.
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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.