IPO Daily News™
Thursday, October 30, 2014
IPO CONCLUDES BEIJING PORTION OF TRIP WITH SUPREME PEOPLE’S COURT
Yesterday the IPO delegates, led by President PHILIP JOHNSON, met with three judges from the IP Tribunal of the Supreme People’s Court of China. The judges discussed establishment of China’s specialized intellectual property courts, which will be located in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, and are intended to unify outcomes and improve quality and efficiency for IP-related cases. Work is ongoing to develop regulations for the specialized courts, to decide which types of cases they will hear, and to obtain public input. Judges presiding over the courts will have “technical specialists” available to advise them.
The judges asked IPO to explain how the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit deals with technical advice. IPO explained how technical evidence can be admitted into the record at the trial court level, but that any technical advice, such as from a law clerk, is advisory only and off the record. In the U.S., parties tend to provide their own experts, which may result in a “battle of the experts.” It was noted that this is different from court-appointed experts in the European Union. In the afternoon the delegation left Beijing to travel to Shanghai.
IPO President Philip Johnson and
TODAY ON IPO’S IP CHAT CHANNEL: PATENT DAMAGES
Tune in to the IP Chat Channel, Thursday, October 30 at 2:00p.m. ET to discuss Patent Damages: How to Build a Case Now. Panelists include the HON. PAUL GREWAL, U.S. Magistrate Judge of the Northern District of California; GARY HOFFMAN, Hoffman IP Consulting; and JOHN JAROSZ, Analysis Group. To register, click here. CLE granted in many states. IP Chat Channel webinars are recorded and available after the live webinars at www.ipo.org/IPChatChannel.
IP IN THE MASS MEDIA
Magazine Reports Drop in U.S. Patent Litigation
On Tuesday IAM Magazine reported that a Unified Patents study found a 23% drop in patent litigation between the second and third quarters of 2014 and a 27% year-on-year reduction. Unified Patents’ chief operating officer said the cause of the drop was not clear, but the biggest change was in the number of non-practicing entity suits in the high-tech sector, which fell 35% between the second and third quarters.
CNET Writes About Concerns Over TPP Agreement
An article published yesterday by CNET expressed concerns about the impact the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement will have on copyright, particularly in Australia, if a recently leaked draft of the agreement is approved.
UK Launches New Orphan Works Policy
On Wednesday the UK launched a new orphan works policy allowing individuals and organizations to use orphan works as long as they have done a diligent search for the rights holders and paid a fee. (BBC News)
INVENTOR OF THE YEAR
IPO Education Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr. HUGH HERR has been named 2014 Inventor of the Year. The Inventor of the Year award is given to an inventor whose creations have made a significant impact on economies or quality of life.
Dr. Herr is head of the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab and is being honored for his BiOM® T2 System. Replacing traditional prosthetics, the BiOM system is the world’s first bionic foot and calf system. It replicates an individual’s lost muscle and tendon anatomy and function in order to create a more normalized gate. The BiOM system has proven to be a life changing device for wounded soldiers and victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. The system has allowed Dr. Herr, a double amputee, to continue and improve his skills at rock climbing.
Dr. Herr will be honored at the Foundation Awards Dinner in Washington, DC on December 9. Stay tuned to the IPO Daily News for information on purchasing tickets to the dinner. For more information on the BiOM System click here.
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.