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IPO Daily News™

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 3:51 pm

Judge Kathleen O’Malley Addresses
Attendees at the IPO Annual Meeting

JUDGE O’MALLEY SAYS PENDING PATENT LEGISLATION ENCROACHES ON INDEPENDENCE OF FEDERAL JUDICIARY — Yesterday Federal Circuit Judge KATHLEEN O’MALLEY spoke to over 700 luncheon attendees at the IPO Annual Meeting. She stressed the importance of independence for the federal judiciary and cautioned against interfering with a court’s exercise of its own authority. She said Congress should not be in the business of docket control, altering pleadings forms, or imposing Rule 11 sanctions. O’Malley urged directing more resources to courts handling patent litigation and suggested using some USPTO funds to help increase the number of district court law clerks for judges deciding patent cases. She acknowledged that her friends at the USPTO would not agree with the suggestion.



Gary Hoffman (left) receives the IPO
President’s Distinguished 
Service Award

GARY HOFFMAN RECEIVES DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD — Yesterday at the IPO Annual Meeting, President RICHARD PHILLIPS presented the President’s Distinguished Service Award to GARY HOFFMAN, recently retired from Dickstein Shapiro LLP. Hoffman has been an active member of IPO for more than 10 years. He has served on the IPO Amicus Brief Committee, Annual Meeting Program Committee, Litigation Committee, and, Discovery Committee. He has drafted numerous amicus briefs on behalf of IPO. Phillips expressed IPO’s gratitude to Hoffman for his loyal service to the association.

NEW IPO BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED – On Monday, the IPO membership elected two new regular corporate members to the Board of Directors. ROGER GOBROGGE of Rolls-Royce Corp. and SALVATORE (SAM) PACE of Praxair, Inc. will begin their 2-year Board terms on January 1, 2014.

NEW IPO MEMBER — DYAN KALINA of Topanga, Calif. has become an individual member of IPO.

AIA “NOT YOUR GRANDFATHER’S PATENT STATUTE” — On Monday the IPO Annual Meeting featured a session titled “AIA: Looking Backward and Looking Forward.” A panel featuring ROBERT ARMITAGE (Eli Lilly (retired)), ROBERT STERNE (Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, PLLC), HON. MICHAEL TIERNEY (USPTO), and MARIAN UNDERWEISER (IBM Corp.) discussed and debated issues related to AIA Section 102 and the new PTAB proceedings, among others. Armitage asserted the new patent law is “refreshingly simple” and quipped that his three-year old grandson would understand it. He said, “The AIA is not your grandfather’s patent statute.”

BRAND OWNERS ADVISED TO PAY ATTENTION TO ICANN’S POLICIES ON NEW TOP LEVEL DOMAIN NAMES — Yesterday the IPO Annual Meeting featured a session titled “Recent Developments with Trademarks & Copyrights on the Internet.” KRISTINA ROSETTE (Covington & Burling LLP) discussed ICANN’s rollout of the new top level domain name (gTLD) program, noting that ICANN received 1930 applications and has signed contracts with 33 registries. She advised brand owners having marks with any kind of geographic connotation to pay attention to ICANN’s policies regarding new gTLDs.

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Former USPTO Director Writes on Patent Market — Yesterday Forbes published an article by former USPTO Director JON DUDAS and author DAVID KLINE titled “Thank the Founding Fathers for the Open Market in Patents.” The authors defended so-called non-practicing entities (NPEs) including universities and independent inventors. The article said, “non-practicing entities and patent licensing proved crucial to America’s rapid technological progress and economic growth.”