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U.S. Patent Commissioner Focarino To Retire

Friday, May 1st, 2015

From IPO Daily News, Friday, May 1, 2015

Peggy Focarino_smallThis week U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Commissioner of Patents Margaret (Peggy) Focarino announced that she will retire on July 3 as U.S. Patent and Trademark Commissioner. Focarino has been with the USPTO for 38 years. Executive Director Herb Wamsley said “Focarino has consistently earned high marks for her management skills and her strong interest in working closely with user groups. We wish her well in retirement.” Focarino’s successor has not been named.

She was appointed Commissioner of Patents in January 2012; she was the first female to serve in that role. As Commissioner, Focarino is responsible for management and direction of all aspects of patent operations, examination policy, resources and planning, and budget administration. She previously served as Deputy Commissioner for Patents. Focarino also served as Acting Director and Deputy Director of the USPTO before Michelle Lee’s appointment in late 2013.

Genetic Engineering Makes the Blacklist

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

iStock_000003273676_LargeJames Spader was quirkily funny as Denny Crane’s partner on “Boston Legal,” but NBC’s “The Blacklist” has him operating totally outside of the law. He plays Raymond Reddington, an enigmatic figure who reveals to a black-ops FBI agent the evil doings of criminals that fly under the radar of normal law enforcement – and who make “The Blacklist.” A recent episode involved trying to catch a “mad scientist,” funded by a middle-aged tech billionaire to conduct research on human subjects for his “Longevity Initiative.” When the scientist is captured, oddly, one might think, his lab contains tanks of phosphorescent jelly fish and two bunnies that glow in the dark.

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25 Critical Patent Enforcement Developments

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

News from Chisum Patent Academy

25 Critical Patent Enforcement Developments

The Acfaculty-large-janice-e1402305426293ademy is pleased to announce the April 2015 publication of the annual Update for Volume II (Patent Enforcement) of the practitioner treatise, Mueller on Patent Law, authored by our co-founder, Janice M. Mueller.

The two-volume Mueller on Patent Law treatise is published by Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. Volume I (published 2012) addresses patentability, validity, and prosecution procedures; Volume II (published 2014) covers patent infringement, USPTO MOPL-cover-e1339620575906-150x150post-issuance procedures, design patents, and international patenting issues. For detailed tables of contents for both volumes, click here.

The full text of the 2015 Update for Volume II (Patent Enforcement) is available electronically on Wolters Kluwer’s Intelliconnect subscription platform. By examining in detail each of the cases highlighted below (plus many others), the 2015 Update adds extensive and valuable new matter to Volume II.

Highlights of the April 2015 Update for Vol. II:

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“Changing The Horizon” Or “Lost Horizon”? – Kappos Pulls It Together

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

road in mountainsAt a meeting sponsored by Intellectual Asset Management (IPBC/Global), “Meeting the NPE Challenge,” former Director of the USPTO, David Kappos on March 13th (a Friday even) gave a speech that cogently summarized the state of the IP landscape both from the law and policy perspectives. If you have felt overwhelmed and even put off by (im)perfect storm of legislative proposals, judicial holdings, and simplistic editorials that is buffeting the patent system, you must take the time to read the text of his speech, which occupies only 14 pages, but covers almost every “incoming” that the patent system has had to duck, or endure, in recent years (Ed.: “Time flies when you are having fun”). (A copy can be found at the end of this post.) I am not going to attempt a summary here –the talk is not that long—except to say that it summarizes both “Legislative Reform” (“The AIA is working”) and more recent proposals, such as fee shifting and covered customer stays. Section 101 is covered –“the courts seems to have lost their way”—including the recent attacks on software patents—(“Software patents are not statistically prone to being ‘bad’ patents”).

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