IPO Daily News™
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
LIFTING THE TONE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DEBATES
Last week the Wall Street Journal reported on words including “adversary,” “opponent,” and “friend” used in the U.S. Supreme Court for the past 60 years to refer to the lawyer on the other side. Since JOHN ROBERTS became Chief Justice, FRIEND has become the term of choice. Court observers believe it may reflect the Chief Justice’s desire to lift the tone of oral arguments. Lawyers appearing before the court take cues from the Chief Justice when he makes comments about their opponent such as “Your friend says . . . .” Some say it has an impact on the atmosphere.
We wonder whether the IP community should follow the Chief Justice’s lead. News articles on patent litigation call lawsuits “wars,” “brawls,” and “rows.” Magazines compile honor rolls of the law firms “most feared.” How about speaking of patent suits as honest business disputes between friendly competitors?
Legislators can improve their tone too. We imagine House Speaker BOEHNER saying to the press, “I disagree with the decision of my friend Senate Majority Leader REID to block a vote on patent reform, but I understand his point of view.” Reid replies, “I respectfully disagree with my friend Speaker Boehner.” We can hope.
SESSION ON TRADE SECRETS AT IPO’S ANNUAL MEETING
CHARLES OSSOLA, Vinson & Elkins LLP, will moderate a panel on “How to Effectively Protect & Enforce Your Company’s Trade Secrets” at IPO’s Annual Meeting. Panelists will offer tips on how to identify and protect against your company’s biggest IP threats. The session will include discussions on proactive measures, enforcement options and crisis management responses. Speakers include: SCOTT ALLISON, General Electric Co.; KURT CALIA, Covington & Burling LLP; and WILLIAM COUGHLIN, Ford Global Technologies LLC. The Annual Meeting will be held from Sept. 7-9 in Vancouver, Canada. To view the full program and to register, visit www.ipo.org/am2014.
MEET THE COMMITTEE LEADERS: GARY ROPSKI
GARY ROPSKI is a vice-chair of the IPO U.S. Patent Law Committee. He is currently a shareholder at Brinks Gilson & Lione. He focuses his practice on high-stakes patent litigation, on acting as a court-appointed Special Master in intellectual property cases, and in arbitration and mediation matters. He served as president of Brinks from 2006 to 2012. To join the U.S. Patent Law or another one of IPO’s 29 Standing IP Committees, click here.
IP IN THE MASS MEDIA
Companies in Disputes Over Hepatitis C Treatment
On Sunday the Wall Street Journal reported that several drug companies are involved in legal disputes surrounding the new hepatitis C treatment Sovaldi. Companies include Gilead Sciences, Inc., Roche Holding, Merck and Abbvie.
U.S. State Supreme Court to Review Takedown Order
The Georgia Supreme Court has agreed to review a lower court’s restraining order against MATTHEW CHAN owner of the website Extortion Letter Info. The order to protect poet LINDA ELLIS instructs Chan to remove over 2,000 posts relating to Ellis and her poem “The Dash.” (Ars Technica)
U.S. Still Biggest User of The Pirate Bay Site
Wired UK reported that traffic to the peer-to-peer file sharing site The Pirate Bay has more than doubled since 2011 despite being blocked by ISP providers in numerous countries. It is estimated that one third of the traffic to the site comes from individuals in the U.S.
AUGUST FEDERAL CIRCUIT ARGUMENTS POSTED
The Federal Circuit oral argument schedule for August is posted on the IPO web site. To view the schedule go to www.ipo.org/ArgumentSchedule.
IS YOUR COMPANY HIRING?
Any IPO member can post available positions on IPO’s IP Job Bank free of charge. Postings are split into either corporate or law firm positions and can be viewed by the public. Positions are removed or renewed after 60 days. To view the IP Job Bank, go to www.ipo.org/jobbank.
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.