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2004 Board Resolutions

Passed September 12, 2004

[Treatment of IPO Board Passed Resolutions]  RESOLVED, that the text of resolutions passed by the IPO Board of Directors shall be published on the public portion of the IPO website or elsewhere except, if any Board Member objects, the Board will decide if it should be published.

[PCT Proposed Fee Increase] — RESOLVED, IPO opposes the proposed 12 percent increase in the Patent Cooperation Treaty International Filing Fee in light of last year’s increase until and unless the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) provides information necessary to justify such an increase.

Passed July 13, 2004

[International Exhaustion of Patent Rights] — RESOLVED, that IPO opposes in principle legislation providing that it shall not be an act of infringement in the United States to use, offer to sell, or sell within the United States, or import into the United States, any patented invention that was first sold abroad by or under authority of the owner of the patent, and specifically, IPO opposes the amendment to section 271 of title 35, United States Code, proposed in S.2328, 108thCongress, 2nd Session.

Passed February 3, 2004

[Employee Remuneration] — RESOLVED, that IPO favors in principle laws that give private employers and employee-inventors freedom to contract for the amount of employee compensation and permit enforcement of invention assignment agreements as a condition of employment.