|China IP Conference - George Washington U. School of Law
Announcing D.C. area conference on protecting IPR in China.
Dec 11, 2013 at George Washington Univ. School of Law, 12-5:30 with a networking luncheon from 12-1 and reception to follow at 5:30. The program is free, but pre-registration is encouraged.
Please see details in "China Speaker List GW China IP Conf 2013" pdf in "Committee Documents" link to the left.
Myriad Survey - Biotechnology Members
Members of the Biotechnology Committee. Please take our anonymous Myriad Survey at http://www.aipla.org/committees/committee_pages/Biotechnology/chair/restricted/Lists/JPAA%20Myriad%20Survey%202013/overview.aspx
This is important so that we may provide comments to JPAA as well as evaluate soon to issue Myriad examination guidance materials from the USPTO.
Opportunity to attend High Level IPR Cooperation Forum mtg in D.C. Dec. 5th.
We have an excellent opportunity to attend the upcoming China-U.S. International High Level IPR Cooperation Forum meeting to be held December 5th, at the Georgetown Holiday Inn, 101 Wisconsin Ave., NW, 20007, Washington D.C. There will be limited admittance, so if you are interested, please immediately contact Co-Chair Zhun Lu at Zhun.email@example.com so he can coordinate our committee participation and timely provide the Chinese Attache with our committee's attendence list.
You must submit your intention before 5:00 p.m. EST, Nov. 29th.
The main members of the Chinese delegation and draft agenda are posted on this site under the Committee Documents link to the left.
You will note the high level officials in the Chinese delegation to be in attendance, providing us with an excellent opportunity to hear directly from some of the most authoritative people on Chinese IPR today.
AIPLA Quarterly Journal 43.1
Take a look at an interesting article in the AIPLA Quarterly Journal.
Social Network Analysis of Trade Secrets and Patents as Social Relations
David W. Opderbeck
This article employs the empirical tools of social network analysis to examine the “property as social relations” approach to intellectual property. Social network analysis seeks to describe and model society and culture based on the connections between agents in a network. A “property as social relations” perspective suggests that property rights emerge out of and help construct social relationships. But things become murky when this perspective is applied to basic intellectual property problems. One problem is the relationship between trade secrets and patents. In trade secret law, the social aspects of information have long been recognized. This intuition is confirmed by social network analysis. In fact, a notion of “social rivalry” permeates trade secret law. By contrast, in patent law, information continues to be viewed almost exclusively as a non-rivalrous economic commodity. Social network analysis demonstrates that the “social” qualities of an innovation are largely stripped away when the innovation moves from the trade secret domain to the patent domain. It is unclear, however, whether a “property as social relations” approach to patents would achieve the sorts of results its advocates hope would obtain.
November 2013 Brown Bag Materials
Please see the Presentation folder, under Committee Documents, which contains a handout and PowerPoint for our November Brown Bag with Mercedes K. Meyer, Ph.D. with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.
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AIPLA's 2014 Women in IP Global Networking Event
The AIPLA Women in Intellectual Property (“IP”) Networking Event is being held for the seventh year on Thursday, May 22, 2014. The event is a simultaneous meeting of women located in the U.S. and/or abroad who practice IP law and/or are regularly faced with IP issues in the course of ordinary business. In this regard, numerous events are concurrently held in various domestic and foreign locations by law firms and/or corporations. These events may include a seated dinner, a cocktail party, passed hors d’hoeuvres, or other type of gathering. At 8:30PM EST, all of the events are joined together via a teleconference and/or video conference. During the conference, the AIPLA President and Executive Director address all of the guests and speak briefly about various AIPLA and IP related issues. The Chair and Vice-Chair of AIPLA’s Women In IP Committee also speak briefly. In addition, there is a roll call of all of the participating cities.
FDA Alert: FDA may regulate Trans Fats
Dear Members of the AIPLA FDA committee:
On November 7, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its tentative determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are not generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for any use in food. The related Federal Register Notice is to be published on November 8, 2013, setting out a 60 day comment period. Comments can be submitted to http://www.regulations.gov or to the Division of Dockets Management.
PHOs are the major dietary source of industrially produced trans fatty acids, which have been linked to heart disease. Since January 2006, manufacturers have been required to declare the amount of trans fat on food labels.
If PHOs are no longer GRAS, then this will likely have the greatest impact on manufacturers of crackers, cookies, cakes, frozen pizza, microwave popcorn, vegetable shortenings, stick margarines, coffee creamers, ready-to-use frostings, refrigerated biscuits or rolls, which still often contain industrially produced trans fatty acids.
If the determination is finalized, this would mean that prior FDA approval would be required before a PHO could be used as a food additive. Under sections 201(s) and 409 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), food additives are subject to premarket review and approval by the FDA, unless the science (or experience for additives in use prior to 1958) has shown the substance to be safe, and so can be identified as GRAS by the FDCA.
The AIPLA Food and Drug Committee
P.S. Thanks to Daphne Lainson for authoring this alert.
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