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Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday, February 5, 2016

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IPO MEMBER INSIGHTS: LAWRENCE WELCH, ELI LILLY AND COMPANY, ON RECENT IP5 HARMONIZATION EFFORTS

LAWRENCE WELCH, Senior Director, Assistant General Patent Counsel at Eli Lilly and Company, embarked in 2003 on a mission for IPO to work with global IP industry groups and IP offices to create a more harmonized international IP system. In recent years, great strides have been made toward that goal, with the finalization of the Patent Global Dossier, which became available in 2015, the Common Citation Document launched in 2011, and the Common Application Format agreed to in 2007.

In this latest addition to Innovator Insights, Mr. Welch explains these projects and others and discusses how they are helping to create a more efficient and higher quality patent system that will benefit IP owners, and consumers, worldwide.

IP IN THE MASS MEDIA

Tattoo Artists Sue Video Game Maker for Infringing Copyright in Athletes’ Tattoos

On Wednesday Ars Technica reported that tattoo parlor Solid Oak Sketches sued video game maker Take-Two Interactive for infringing copyrights in their tattoo artwork by reproducing the artwork on NBA players including KOBE BRYANT and LEBRON JAMES in the NBA 2K video game.

Agilent Sues Former Employee for Trade Secret Theft

On Wednesday Agilent Technologies sued former employee and Twist Bioscience founder and CEO EMILY LEPROUST for trade secret theft, claiming she stole technology for making synthetic genes. (San Jose Mercury News)

JOIN AN IPO COMMITTEE

IPO has more than 900 committee members on 30 Standing IP Committees, which cover eight areas of intellectual property policy, law, and practice. A list of IPO standing committees, identified by division (antitrust and competition law, business issues, litigation and dispute resolution, international IP law and practice, patents, trademarks, copyrights, and professional) can be found here. Apply to join an IPO committee at www.ipo.org/committeesignup. IPO members can serve as a voting member on one committee; and as a non-voting member on up to three additional committees.

 

 


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.