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Friday, May 29, 2015

May 29, 2015

STATUS OF PATENT LITIGATION BILL IN SENATE, HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEES UNCLEAR

Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee held over consideration of Chairman CHUCK GRASSLEY’S “PATENT Act,” S. 1137. Under committee rules consideration of the bill is postponed until the committee’s next meeting on June 4, after the Memorial Day recess. Grassley said he was working with Ranking Member PATRICK LEAHY and other members of the committee to draft and vet a provision to address perceived weaknesses in the USPTO’s post grant proceedings. As of today, no manager’s amendment has been made public that includes this provision.

Yesterday Politico reported that a House Judiciary Committee aide said that committee will not mark up Chairman BOB GOODLATTE’s “Innovation Act,” H.R. 9, next week. Goodlatte reportedly has been circulating a list of possible modifications that could make the bill more similar to the Senate bill. Last week Goodlatte delayed a markup of the bill until after the Memorial Day recess to continue discussions.

A chart comparing the main provisions of S. 1137 and H.R. 9 with current IPO positions is available on the IPO website. IPO continues to study both bills and proposals that have been discussed in recent Congressional hearings and in the media to address any unfairness in the post grant proceedings.

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JUDGE JAMES HOLDERMAN TO RETIRE

On Monday JAMES F. HOLDERMAN, Judge and former Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, will retire after 30 years of service to the court. Judge Holderman has presided over numerous cases in all areas of federal jurisdiction. Before his appointment to the United States District Court, Chief Judge Holderman was a partner in the law firm of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal (now SNR Denton), where he specialized in federal court litigation. Before his years in private practice, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago.

Judge Holderman was named the IPO Education Foundation’s Distinguished IP Professional in 2012 for his lifetime of significant contributions to the field of intellectual property. IPO Executive Director HERB WAMSLEY said “Judge Holderman has made numerous contributions to the field of intellectual property law. We offer him our best wishes and congratulations.”

SOLARCITY JOINS IPO

SolarCity Corporation of San Mateo, Calif. (primary contact BRETT ALTEN) has become a corporate member of IPO. Visit their website at www.solarcity.com.

IP IN THE MASS MEDIA

Teva Settles Pay-For-Delay Dispute with FTC

Yesterday Teva Pharmaceuticals agreed to pay $1.2 billion to wholesale buyers and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to settle an FTC investigation into pay-for-delay allegations against its subsidiary Cephalon. (Reuters)

Ford Announces Access to Alternative Fuel Technology Patents

Yesterday Financial Times reported that Ford will give competitors access to its patents related to alternative fuel technology in the interest of speeding up the widespread adoption of electric vehicles. Unlike competitors Tesla and Toyota who have donated similar patents to the public domain, Ford plans to charge a licensing fee.

KNOW ANY CREATIVE YOUNG ADULTS?

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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.