• Chinese President Xi Jinping says infringers should be punished and pay a heavy price

    “Wrongdoing should be punished more severely so that IP infringers will pay a heavy price,” Xi said. At a time when President Xi is actively moving China’s IP policy to a place where infringers are met with harsher penalties, U.S. leadership in Congress, especially in the House of Representatives, seems to be opening their arms yet again to the efficient infringer lobby. Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of…

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  • In the Era of Spotify and Pandora Where Do ASCAP and BMI Fit?

    In traditional music recording, artists have had to choose to license their music through major music industry organizations like ASCAP and BMI. In the age of streaming music through Spotify, Pandora and other services what is the purpose of these organizations? The licensing groups have served as clearinghouses for smaller players in the music industry who cannot feasibly deal with multitudes of licensees on their own. But with Taylor Swift and other “major” artists choosing to deal—or not…

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  • PLI Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop

    Practising Law Institute (PLI) will be holding its “Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2017: Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing” on July 25-26, 2017 in New York, NY, on August 17-18, 2017 in San Francisco, CA, and on September 12-13, 2017 in Chicago, IL. Patent Docs author Donald Zuhn will chair and Patent Docs author Kevin Noonan will be presenting at the Chicago workshop. At the New York and Chicago seminars, PLI’s faculty will offer presentations on the following topics: • Ethics in the PTO • Concurrent Sessions I – Advanced Specification Drafting Issues — all concurrent sessions and workshops will provide…

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  • BCP Customer Partnership Meeting

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be holding its next biotechnology/chemical/pharmaceutical (BCP) customer partnership meeting on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. The upcoming BCP meeting will also be a Bicoastal BCP (BCBCP) event, with the meeting being held simultaneously in the Madison Auditorium on the USPTO Alexandria Campus (East Coast) and the California Training Room of the Silicon Valley U.S. Patent and Trademark (West Coast). During the BCBCP, participants will be able to interact with Office personnel in person on both coasts, or alternatively, via webcast. The agenda for the meeting is as follows: • Opening Remarks (12:00 – 12:20…

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  • Webinar on Invention Disclosures

    Technology Transfer Tactics will be offering a webinar entitled “Improve the Quality of Invention Disclosures through Researcher Outreach and Education” on July 31, 2017 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (Eastern). Rebecca Stoughton of Fuentek, LLC will discuss the following topics: • What factors deem a disclosure “high quality”? – it’s not one-size-fits-all • How to evaluate your disclosure process and get solid feedback from researchers • Heeding feedback to revise procedures effectively • How tapping successful researchers as mentors for up-and-comers can be a win-win • Tips for structuring easy-to-attend educational programs inventors will respond to • What to include…

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