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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

20 February 2019

SENATE IP SUBCOMMITTEE TO HOLD HEARING ON IPEC ANNUAL REPORT

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property will hold its first hearing on 26 February 2019 at 10:00a.m. ET. The topic of the hearing is “Examining the 2019 Annual Intellectual Property Report to Congress,” which was published last month by the Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC). Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator VISHAL AMIN will be the sole witness. The hearing will be held in 225 Dirksen Senate Office Building. It will not be webcast.

SESSIONS FOR IN-HOUSE COUNSEL AT IPOwners Spring Summit™ – 7 March

IPOwner’s Spring Summit™ will begin on the morning of 7 March with concurrent sessions for in-house and outside counsel. Sessions for in-house counsel include:

A session on “Software Tools to Assist IP Lawyers” that will address ways to use technology and computer-based tools to enhance IP function. Speakers DIANA ROBERTS GERHARDT (IBM Corp.) and RUSSELL SLIFER (Black Hills IP) will present key metrics used to assess the effectiveness of your IP practice.

A session on “Intellectual Asset Management” that will explore how to develop and apply an integrated approach to protecting innovation, content, and brands using the traditional business frameworks that corporate leaders apply to corporate strategy and management. Speakers include JOHN CHEEK (Tenneco), HEATH HOGLUND (Dolby Laboratories), SHITAL SHAH (Caterpillar Inc.).

The conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Austin, Texas. For additional information or to register, visit www.ipo.org/SpringSummit19.

IPO OFFICE CLOSED FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER

The IPO office will be closed today due to inclement weather in Washington, D.C. Scheduled committee teleconferences will occur without interruption.

IP IN THE MASS MEDIA

Movie Studios Sue Omniverse for Distributing Unauthorized Copyrighted Content

Yesterday Ars Technica reported on a copyright infringement suit filed by numerous Hollywood movie studios against Omniverse One World Television Inc. for distributing their copyrighted content to streaming services without authorization.

Above the Law Discusses Copyrightability of Dances

Yesterday Above the Law published an article discussing the “copyrightability of choreographic works” such as dance moves, suggesting that the U.S. Copyright Office should provide additional guidance about how to distinguish between “[i]ndividual movements or dance steps” that are not eligible for copyright protection and “composition and arrangement of a related series of dance movements and patterns” that are eligible.


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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