IPO Daily News™
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
IPO’S 2014 ANNUAL MEETING MOBILE APP
The 2014 Annual Meeting Mobile App offers access to the attendee list; meeting schedule and speaker materials; a full listing of exhibitor and sponsor information; floor plans; and, local information about Vancouver. The Mobile App is free for all registered attendees. For more information or to register, visit www.ipo.org/am2014.
Rep. George Holding
ONE WEEK LEFT IN CONGRESSIONAL RECESS
The U.S. Congress has one more week left in its August recess. Both houses will reconvene on Monday, September 8. Comprehensive patent litigation reform and the bills to regulate patent demand letters appear to be stalled for the year. Legislation to create a federal civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation may still be taken up.
In the House, Rep. GEORGE HOLDING’s (R-N.C.) Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014, H.R. 5233, is awaiting markup. House Judiciary Committee Chairman BOB GOODLATTE (R-Va.) has indicated he intends to move the bill to markup in September, possibly as early as next week.
In the Senate, two trade secrets bills are pending for action – CHRIS COONS’s (D-Del.) and ORRIN HATCH’s (R-Utah) S. 2267, the “Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2014,” and Senator JEFF FLAKE’s (R-Ariz.) S. 1770, the Future of American Innovation and Research Act. It is not clear whether one or both will be taken up by the Senate Judiciary Committee. IPO strongly supports effective legal protection for trade secrets in the U.S. and globally.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY WITH GIRL SCOUTS IN TEXAS
Girl Scout Troops in Humble, Texas are currently planning a one-day workshop at which girls will have the opportunity to learn from IP practitioners and owners to earn the IPO Education Foundation’s IP Patch. The event will be held on September 27, 2014, between 10:30am – 3:30pm (CT). The troops are seeking companies and law firms to exhibit at the event. Participants will rotate through multiple patent and trademark sessions conducted by counsel from Baker Williams Matthiesen and the Nielsen IP Group. Girls will also have an opportunity to interact with exhibitors, including companies and individuals who work within various areas of the IP process in order to gain a better understanding of how patents, trademarks, and copyrights affect products they use every day. Please contact Colleen Wellington-Caban at email@example.com by Wednesday, September 10 if you or your organization can assist at this event.
IP IN THE MASS MEDIA
AT&T Sues Cox for Infringing Multiple Patents
On Friday Ars Technica reported that AT&T sued Cox Communications for infringing several patents including one on DVR technology.
Damages Owed to Oracle by SAP Reduced
On Friday the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Oracle must accept $356.7 million in damages or a new trial in a 2010 copyright infringement suit in which damages originally awarded by the jury were $1.3 billion. (Fox Business)
3-D Printer Inventor Raised on Farm
On Friday the Wall Street Journal published an article by inventor CHUCK HULL, 75, who is credited with inventing the 3-D printer. Hull says he learned determination and self-reliance while growing up on a Colorado farm. He is CTO for 3D Systems Corp.
NEW IPO MEMBER
JEREMY LANG of Boston, Mass. has become an individual member of IPO.
JOIN AN IPO COMMITTEE
IPO has more than eight hundred committee members on 29 Standing IP Committees that cover seven 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, and copyrights) can be found here. You can apply to join an IPO committee online at www.ipo.org/committeesignup. Members are limited to one committee.
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.