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Monday, August 3, 2015

August 3, 2015

MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 2015, 9:10a.m.

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2nd WOMEN IN IP NETWORKING BRUNCH AT IPO ANNUAL MEETING

IPO is hosting a Networking Brunch for Women in IP during IPO’s Annual Meeting. The brunch is open to all women registered to attend the 2015 Annual Meeting. The brunch will take place on Sunday, September 27 from 11:00am-12:30pm. For more information or to register, visit www.ipo.org/am2015.

IPO COMMENTS ON FEE RULES FOR EUROPE’S UNIFIED PATENT COURT

On Friday in response to an invitation for public comments, IPO submitted a letter to the Chairman of the Preparatory Committee of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) on proposed rules related to fees for the UPC. IPO supported a reduction in court fees when a case is settled and said the rules should include a provision that requires a party to bear any unnecessary costs it causes the court. The letter suggested incremental increases in the proposed “value-based” fees to avoid artificial jumps and plateaus in the fee structure and suggested providing a bulk discount for the opt-out fee for large patent portfolios. IPO’s European Practice Committee assisted with the letter. The chair is ROBERT FURR (INVISTA). The vice-chairs are ALOYS HÜTTERMANN (Michalski Hüttermann), and JAMES SIGNOR (Leydig, Voit).

ATTORNEY FEE SHIFTING IN PATENT SUITS IN U.S. DISTRICT COURTS: WEEKLY REPORT

On July 22, Magistrate Judge SPAULDING in the Middle District of Florida recommended denying the accused infringer’s motion for attorney fees. Orlando Communications LLC v. Cellco Partnership

On July 27, Judge ROBINSON in the District of Delaware denied the patent owner’s motion for attorney fees. Intendis GMBH v. Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited

On July 27, Magistrate Judge SPAULDING in the Middle District of Florida recommended denying the accused infringer’s motion for attorney fees. Orlando Communications LLC v. Sprint Spectrum, L.P.

On July 28, Judge SCHWAB in the Western District of Pennsylvania granted $1.7 million in attorney fees to the patent owner. Drone Technologies, Inc. v. Parrot S.A.

On July 28, Judge GILSTRAP in the Eastern District of Texas denied the accused infringer’s motion for attorney fees. Interform Incorporated v. Staples Inc.

IPO COMMITTEE CALLS THIS WEEK

Tuesday, August 4

Trade Secrets – 2:30p.m. ET

Wednesday, August 5

Asian Practice – 9:30a.m. ET
Emerging Technologies and Trade – 1:00p.m. ET
Domain Names and Social Media – 3:00p.m. ET
U.S. Trademark Office Practice – 4:00p.m. ET

Thursday, August 6

U.S. Trademark Law – 2:00p.m. ET
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Issues – 3:00p.m. ET

Friday, August 7

U.S. Patent Law – 1:00p.m. ET

To join one of IPO’s 29 Standing IP Committees, visit www.ipo.org/committeesignup.

IP IN THE MASS MEDIA

TPP Trade Talks Stall

On Friday the Washington Post reported that ministerial level talks in Hawaii on the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement stalled. Disagreements over data protection for certain pharmaceuticals and over automobile and dairy issues were not resolved. Some observers believe an agreement is still possible this year.

Court Upholds $14 Million Award in Standards-Essential Patent Case

On Friday Bloomberg reported that the 9th Circuit upheld a $14 million jury award against Google in a patent infringement case in which the company failed to license standards-essential patents to Microsoft on FRAND terms. According to the article the decision may mean that companies will pay less for using standards-essential patents.

IPO MEMBERS INVITED TO VISIT IPO OFFICE IN WASHINGTON, DC

All IPO members are cordially invited to visit the IPO office, which is centrally located in Washington, D.C. near the White House and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The IPO staff will be happy to make an appointment to brief you on current activities. To schedule a visit, call (202) 507-4500.


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.