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IPO Daily News™

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

IPO URGES EN BANC REHEARING TO CLARIFY USE OF UNEXPECTED RESULTS TO SHOW NONOBVIOUSNESS OF CHEMICAL COMPOUNDS

IPO URGES EN BANC REHEARING TO CLARIFY USE OF UNEXPECTED RESULTS TO SHOW NONOBVIOUSNESS OF CHEMICAL COMPOUNDS

On Monday IPO filed an amicus brief in the Federal Circuit in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. supporting an en banc rehearing. IPO argued that the court should clarify the standard for considering nonobviousness evidence first discovered post-filing particularly as to unexpected results of chemical compounds. The filing of the brief was approved by the IPO Board of Directors. The brief was prepared by IPO members ROBERT ISACKSON, ELIZABETH HOWARD, and VANN PEARCE of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. MAIA CAVE of the same firm also assisted. IPO President PHILIP JOHNSON and Amicus Brief Committee Chair KEVIN RHODES were on the brief.

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BROADLY SUPPORTED BILL TO CREATE FEDERAL CIVIL ACTION FOR TRADE SECRET MISAPPROPRIATION INTRODUCED IN HOUSE

Yesterday Rep. GEORGE HOLDING (R-North Carolina) introduced H.R. 5233, the Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014. Several representatives from both parties co-sponsored the bill. It would establish a federal civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation. The bill does not preempt state law. IPO supports the bill in principle. Similar legislation has been introduced in the Senate. Although patent reform legislation is stalled in Congress, many observers believe Congress could pass a federal trade secrets bill this year.

SMART & BIGGAR JOINS IPO

Smart & Biggar of Ottawa, Canada (primary contact ELLIOT SIMCOE) has become a law firm member of IPO.

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Britain Removes Advertising From Copyright Infringing Sites

Yesterday CNET reported that Britain’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has a new way of combating websites that allow for sharing of copyrighted works. When a site is determined to be infringing, the police remove any advertising on the site and replace it with a warning that the site contains infringing material.

San Diego Comic Con Moves to Enforce Trademark

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, producers of San Diego Comic Con have requested the organizers of a comic conference in Salt Lake City cease using the name “comic con” in conjunction with their event.

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MEET THE COMMITTEE LEADERS: TOM BROWN

TOM BROWN is a co-chair of the IPO Trade Secrets Committee. He is currently Senior Intellectual Property Counsel for EMC Corporation. He is a member of EMC’s patent litigation team. Previously he was a litigation principal at Fish & Richardson P.C. To join the Trade Secrets or another one of IPO’s 29 Standing IP Committees, click here.

 

HOGAN LOVELLS TO SPONSOR ANNUAL MEETING

Hogan Lovells will sponsor the Pocket Program at the IPO Sept. 7 to 9, 2014 Annual Meeting. For more information and to register, visit www.ipo.org/AM2014.

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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.


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