IPO Daily News™
Friday, August 29, 2014
MARTI TO BE NOMINATED FOR POST OF IP ENFORCEMENT COORDINATOR
Yesterday PRESIDENT OBAMA announced his intent to nominate DANNY MARTI, to be Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in the Executive Office of the President. Marti currently serves as the Managing Partner of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton’s Washington, D.C. office. Marti received a B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law. The position of Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, which has been vacant for more than a year, requires Senate confirmation.
2014 IPO ANNUAL MEETING EXHIBITORS
The 2014 IPO Annual Meeting will feature an exhibit area that will be open 7:00a.m.-4:00p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Sept 8 and 9. To view a list of this year’s exhibitors, click here.
* * CLAIMS FOR MANAGING BINGO GAMES PATENT-INELIGIBLE
Planet Bingo, LLC v. VKGS LLC 13-1663 — On Tuesday in a non-precedential opinion by Judge HUGHES, the Federal Circuit upheld a district court decision that Planet Bingo’s claims were invalid under Patent Act section 101. The patents claimed computer-aided methods and systems for managing bingo games and included steps of storing, retrieving, and playing a player’s preferred bingo numbers while tracking the player’s card sets and winning numbers.
In a decision predating the Supreme Court in Alice Corp. v CLS Bank, the district court found the method claims “encompasse[d] the abstract idea” of managing and playing bingo, the use of a computer “add[ed] nothing more” than efficiency, and the system claims failed to result in an “inventive concept.” The Federal Circuit said “a straightforward application” of Alice led to “the same result.” As in Alice, there was no “‘inventive concept’ sufficient to ‘transform’ the claimed abstract idea into a patent-eligible application.” The function performed by the computer at each step was “purely conventional.” Editor’s Note: IPO summarizes every precedential opinion, and occasionally, as here, may cover a non-precedential opinion.
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LAKSHMIKUMARAN & SRIDHARAN JOINS IPO
Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan of New Delhi, India (primary contact LAKSHMIKUMARAN VARADACHARI) has become a law firm member of IPO.
IP IN THE MASS MEDIA
Charity Applies to Register “Ice Bucket Challenge” Trademark
Yesterday Ars Technica reported that the ALS Foundation applied for a trademark registration on the phrase “ice bucket challenge.” The charity has received more than $94 million in donations from individuals challenged by their friends to donate and/or dump ice water on themselves.
Video Explains Copyright in King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech
Yesterday NBC News posted a “30 Seconds to Know” video explaining why Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is protected by copyright.
NETWORK WITH IPO MEMBERS
The IPO website features a members-only section called IPO Connect that allows IPO members to network with other members. You can send messages through the site and create a list of contacts. You can access your profile and start networking at http://connect.ipo.org!
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.