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Friday, April 24, 2015

IPO Daily News, April 24, 2015

obama_official_portraitU.S. FAST-TRACK TRADE BILL PASSES HOUSE COMMITTEE

Last evening the House Ways & Means Committee approved fast-track trade bill H.R. 1890, also known as the trade promotion authority bill, by a vote of 25 to 13. The vote was along party lines except that Democrats BLUMENAUER (Oregon) and KIND (Wisconsin) voted with Republicans. . Among other things the bill contains IP negotiating objectives. As reported in Daily News, the Senate Finance Committee approved the bill a day earlier. Despite support from President OBAMA, the bill faces challenges ahead before final congressional passage. Passage is thought to be an essential prerequisite to completion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

USPTO OFFERS TOOL TO RECEIVE EMAIL ALERTS WHEN PATENT APPLICATIONS ARE PUBLISHED

Yesterday the USPTO announced the Patent Application Alert Service. The system provides customized email alerts to the public for free when patent applications of interest are published. The USPTO said the idea for the service came from a public roundtable held at the USPTO in 2014.

SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES STOLL NOMINATION

Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of KARA FARNANDEZ STOLL to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Stoll is a partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner. She was nominated by President Obama on Nov. 12. Her nomination now moves to the full Senate. If confirmed she will fill the one vacancy on the court, bringing it back to its full strength of 12 full-time judges.

JUDGES PANEL ON ITC LITIGATION AT IPO’S MAY 15 CONFERENCE

A session at IPO’s “Advanced ITC Litigation Class” will focus on Judge’s practice and the interactions between the ITC and its reviewing court. Speakers include HON. THEODORE ESSEX, Administrative Law Judge, U.S. ITC; HON. SANDRA DEE LORD, Administrative Law Judge, U.S. ITC; and HON. DAVID SHAW, Administrative Law Judge, U.S. ITC. The panel will be moderated by G. BRIAN BUSEY, Morrison & Foerster, LLP. Click here to view the program and to register. Space is limited.

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IP IN THE MASS MEDIA

Bass Continues Patent Challenges

Yesterday Bloomberg reported that hedge-fund manager KYLE BASS has filed for inter partes review of two drugs owned by Shire PLC and Celgene Corp. With this latest round of challenges, Bass has now targeted five different pharmaceutical companies.

NPR Features Meat Inventor

On Wednesday NPR featured a rerun of a program called “Can You Patent a Steak?” featuring meat inventor TONY MATA, who discovered a method to cut a piece of beef.

 


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.