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Monday, 18 February 2019

18 February 2019

IPO SUBMITS COMMENTS ON EPO STRATEGIC PLAN

On Friday IPO President HENRY HADAD (Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.) submitted IPO’s response to a request by the European Patent Office (EPO) inviting IPO to comment on the EPO’s Strategic Plan for 2019-2023. In the letter, IPO stated that one of the most important challenges that the patent system faces is finding ways to advance procedural and substantive harmonization between patent offices around the world and suggested that the EPO and IPO can foster cooperation to find ways to resolve differences between patent systems. IPO’s European Practice Committee assisted with preparing the comments. Thank you to committee co-chair GAUTIER ENGISCH (Procter & Gamble Co.) for spearheading the effort.

THIS WEEK’S BLACK HISTORY IN IP SPOTLIGHT: PATRICIA BATH

IPO Education Foundation is celebrating Black History Month by showcasing notable inventors each Monday in February. PATRICIA BATH became the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology in 1973. In 1981, she began work on her groundbreaking invention, the Laserphaco Probe, a laser technology used to treat cataract surgery that was less invasive and painful than previous technologies. She received a U.S. patent on the invention in 1988, becoming the first African-American female doctor to receive a medical patent. Check out Episode 7 of the Stroke of Genius podcast to hear how Bath’s work led to today’s advancements in laser eye surgery.

USPTO SEEKS COMMENTS ON PROPOSED REQUIREMENT THAT FOREIGN TRADEMARK APPLICANTS AND REGISTRANTS HAVE U.S. LICENSED ATTORNEYS

On Friday the USPTO published a Federal Register notice seeking comments on a proposal to require trademark applicants, registrants, or parties to a proceeding whose domicile or principal place of business is not located within the U.S. to be represented by a U.S. licensed attorney. The Notice states that this requirement “will instill greater confidence in the public that U.S. registrations that issue to foreign applicants are not subject to invalidation for reasons such as improper signatures and use claims and enable the USPTO to more effectively use available mechanisms to enforce foreign applicant compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements in trademark matters.” Written comments are due by 18 March 2019. IPO committees will be studying the proposal.

IP IN THE MASS MEDIA

Wall Street Journal Reports on Alleged Attempt to Steal Coca-Cola’s Trade Secrets

Last week the Wall Street Journal reported that a former employee of companies that partner with Coca-Cola is accused of attempting to steal Coca-Cola’s trade secrets for use by a Chinese business.

Walmart Loses Trademark Infringement Trial

Last week the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported that a jury found that Walmart willfully infringed on a grill company’s trademark and awarded the grill company, Variety Stores Inc., $95.5 million dollars.

ENTER THE IP VIDEO CONTEST FOR CHARITY

The IP Video Contest offers applicants the opportunity to enter on behalf of a favorite charity. Select a charity of your choice; create an exciting, 60-second video; and qualify to win a $5,000 donation for the charity. To learn more about this opportunity, visit IPOEF.org The contest is open for submissions from 1 March to 30 April 2019. Help spread the word by forwarding the contest information to others within your organization or community!


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.


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