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Monday, 24 September 2018

24 September 2018

IPO ANNUAL MEETING UNDERWAY IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

IPO’s 46th Annual Meeting is underway at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. Over 1,100 IP professionals greeted one another at various events including a networking brunch organized by IPO’s Women in IP Committee, in-person business meetings of IPO’s Standing IP Committees, Connections & Cocktails for those wanting to learn more about IPO member benefits, and the Annual Meeting Welcome Reception. This year’s keynote speakers are Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO ANDREI IANCU and Hon. KATHLEEN O’MALLEY, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

WOMEN IN IP BRUNCH FOCUSES ON CAREER ADVANCEMENT

Yesterday’s Women in IP Networking Brunch included a fireside chat with KELSEY MILMAN (Caterpillar Inc.) and MICKY MINHAS (Microsoft Corp.) discussing steps in advancement towards a fulfilling career. The conversation was facilitated by SERENA FARQUHARSON-TORRES (Bristol Myers Squibb Co.). In response to the question of what a successful person in their department is doing, Milman cited “succinct and clear communications with business leaders” as key while Minhas said he appreciates those who “go out on a limb to take a position.” The sold-out event was sponsored by BakerHostetler; Brooks Kushman P.C.; Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner; Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto; Intellectual Ventures Management, LLC; Perry + Currier Inc. | Currier + Kao LLP.

Serena Farquharson-Torres, Kelsey Milman, and Micky Minhas

 

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IPO BOARD ADOPTS RESOLUTION DURING ANNUAL MEETING

Yesterday the IPO Board of Directors adopted a resolution supporting an exemption to the patent venue statute for cases brought under the Hatch-Waxman Act and the BCPIA, specifying that venue in those suits is proper where in any judicial district where the defendant is subject to personal jurisdiction. The text of all resolutions is available on the IPO website.

BAYER ELECTED TO IPO BOARD

Yesterday the IPO Board of Directors elected Bayer Intellectual Property GmbH (JOERG THOMAIER) as a Sustaining Member to the Board. Welcome Bayer.

IPO SUBMITS COMMENTS ON PROPOSED NEW COPYRIGHT FEE SCHEDULE 

On Friday IPO Executive Director MARK LAUROESCH submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office on its proposed new fee schedule.  IPO’s letter states support for reasonable fee increases necessary to implement modernization efforts, accompanied by partial funding of modernization costs through increased appropriations.  It identifies specific examples of improvements that should be made to Copyright Office systems.  IPO’s Copyright Law and Anti-Piracy Committee assisted with preparing the comments.  Special thanks to Committee Vice Chair JENEVIEVE J. MAERKER (Foley Hoag LLP) for coordinating this project.

SPECIAL 301 UPDATE: OFFICIAL NOTICE ISSUED OF ADDITIONAL TARIFFS ON CHINA

As previously reported, President TRUMP directed U.S. Trade Representative ROBERT LIGHTHIZER to impose additional tariffs on $200 billion in imports from China beginning 24 September, pursuant to section 301.  On Friday, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative issued a Federal Register notice implementing that directive.  The notice states that “China denies that it has any problems with respect to its policies involving technology transfer and intellectual property. The United States has raised U.S. concerns repeatedly with China, including in Ministerial level discussions, but China has been unwilling to offer meaningful modifications to its unfair practices.”  The tariffs will be set at 10% initially and will increase to 25% on 1 January 2019.

ATTEND EPO’s SEMINAR ON AUTOMOTIVE AND MOBILITY IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING IPO’s ANNUAL MEETING IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

The European Patent Office (EPO) is hosting a seminar on automotive and mobility immediately following IPO’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. The seminar will provide patent professionals with a unique opportunity to meet experts from the EPO and share best practices with European counterparts. Learn how to draft successful patent applications for Europe, the many benefits of using the EPO’s international patent services (PCT), and tips on how to make your budget go further. Learn about the latest developments at the EPO in areas including quality, timeliness, and search. Patentability issues will be a key focus, particularly those arising from the increasing reliance of mobility and automotive innovations on CII and AI, along with common difficulties for US applicants. Expert advice and hands-on claim drafting exercises will enable you to save time and money and increase first-time drafting success. The seminar will take place that Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, Illinois from 26-27 September.


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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