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Friday, October 24, 2014

OCTOBER 24, 2014

USPTO DEFERRING TO CONGRESS ON REQUIREMENTS TO DISCLOSE REAL PARTY IN INTEREST IN PATENT PROCEEDINGS

Yesterday USPTO Deputy Director MICHELL LEE, who is being nominated for the post of Director, said the USPTO is planning to defer to Congress on the issue of adding requirements for patent applicants and owners to disclose more information on patent ownership, including the real party in interest. Earlier the USPTO proposed rules that IPO and several other users said in their public comments were too burdensome and expensive. Lee added that the USPTO is improving public access to information about patent assignments on its website. She made the comments during a Q&A session at the AIPLA annual meeting in Washington, DC.

Paola_Antontelli2_smallPAOLA ANTONELLI TO PRESENT INVENTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

IPO Education Foundation is pleased to announce that PAOLA ANOTNELLI will present the Inventor of the Year Award to Dr. HUGH HERR at the Foundation Awards Dinner on December 9.

Ms. Antonelli is Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Her work investigates design’s influence on everyday experience, often including overlooked objects and practices, and combining design, architecture, art, science and technology. In 2013 she was named one of the top one hundred most powerful people in the world of art by Art Magazine. She has lectured in numerous international settings including the World Economic Forum in Davos. Dr. Herr’s ankle-foot prosthesis was featured in Ms. Antonelli’s exhibit Design and the Elastic Mind at MoMA in 2008 when it was still in the prototype phase.

You are invited to join us for the Awards Dinner in Washington, DC. Click here for more information and to register for the Foundation Awards Dinner.

IP IN THE MASS MEDIA

Jury Finds Apple Did Not Infringe GPNE Cellular Communications Patents

On Wednesday a California jury found that Apple Inc. had not infringed two GPNE patents related to communicating across cellular networks. Apple, according to a CNET article, called GPNE, a “patent troll.”

Oklahoma State Sues New Mexico State Over Mascot Trademark

On Monday Oklahoma State University (OSU) sued New Mexico State University for trademark infringement of OSU’s mascot “Pistol Pete”. (Sports Illustrated)

USPTO Cited in Article on Government Agency Backlogs

On Sunday the Washington Post, in an article directed primarily at work backlogs at the Social Security Administration, cited the USPTO as one of six major U.S. government agencies known for backlogs. The print edition included a chart omitted from the online edition.

NOVEMBER FEDERAL CIRCUIT ARGUMENTS POSTED

The Federal Circuit oral argument schedule for November is posted on the IPO web site. To view the schedule go to www.ipo.org/ArgumentSchedule.

IPO MEMBERS INVITED TO VISIT IPO OFFICE IN WASHINGTON, DC

All IPO members are cordially invited to visit the IPO office, which is centrally located in Washington, D.C. near the White House and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The IPO staff will be happy to make an appointment to brief you on current activities. To schedule a visit, call (202) 507-4500.

 


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.


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