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Upcoming Events Upcoming Events
2022 AIPLA Corporate Practice Institute
August 23 to 24, 2022 | Up to 360 minutesThe Corporate Practice Institute is not a bootcamp. The programming has been designed to appeal to corporate practitioners of all experience levels and all corporate sizes, including practitioners in any technology field from small/mid-size and large companies. Private practitioners who are interested in learning more about the issues and challenges faced by their corporate clients are also welcome and encouraged to attend. The program will run from 12 noon to 5:30 and include 3 one-hour CLE sessions and a one-hour networking session each day.
2022 AIPLA PTAB Bench + Bar
August 23, 2022 1:00 PM to 6:00 PMUnfortunately, this event has been cancelled. The PTAB Trial Committee is working to integrate this great content into a number of programs coming up this Fall and in Spring 2023.
AIPPI World Congress
September 10 to 13, 2022 | CLE available, total minutes TBDThe US Division of AIPPI and AIPPI International are please to be hosting the AIPPI World Congress this year in San Francisco! We will be coming together in person again to take part in the making of AIPPI's resolutions. Experts from different countries and regions will be sharing and exchanging insights on various areas of IP. CLE will be offered.
Upcoming WebinarsUpcoming Webinars
AIPLA CLE Webinar: Balancing Trademark and Free Speech Rights in Trademark Registration and Enforcement Laws
August 16, 2022 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM | 90 Minutes of CLEOne question after Tam and Brunetti is whether other trademark registration and enforcement laws might conflict with the right to freedom of expression. The first part of this webinar explores the issue of whether the free speech right in the First Amendment requires the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to refuse to register certain words, names, symbols, or other subject matter to protect free expression and fair competition in the marketplace. The second part of this webinar reviews the current status of defensive doctrines in trademark infringement and dilution law that purport to balance trademark and free speech rights.
AIPLA Virtual Water Cooler - August Meetup
August 17, 2022 3:00 PM to 4:00 PMAIPLA’s Committee on the Profession is inviting you to join us around the virtual water cooler for a quick break. Drop in and catch up with colleagues old and new at this informal networking meetup. All are welcome.
Where Are We Now?: Understanding Minerva and Assignor Estoppel for Patent Assignments
August 25, 2022 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM | 90 minutes of CLEAn in-depth look at the impact of last year’s Supreme Court decision on assignor estoppel, Minerva Surgical, Inc. v. Hologic, Inc. (2021). That case opened a veritable Pandora’s box of new possibilities when drafting assignments and other contracts affecting ownership of patent rights, complicating how such agreements are negotiated and how attorneys advise clients about such matters. Join us to explore how best to navigate the traps for the unwary that can arise post-Minerva.
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AIPLA Files Brief In Support of Neither Party Regarding Order Setting Schedule for Director Review
August 5, 2022On August 4, AIPLA filed an amicus brief in the two PTAB cases of OpenSky Industries, LLC, Patent Quality Assurance, LLC, and Intel Corporation v. VLSI Technology LLC, which USPTO Director Vidal has taken up to address what actions the USPTO Director should take when faced with assertions of an abuse of process or conduct that otherwise thwarts, as opposed to advances, the goals of the Office and/or the AIA. AIPLA’s brief argues that the review procedures implemented in these proceedings are adequate to address the rare instances of alleged abuse of process or alleged conduct contrary to the goals of the Office and/or the AIA.
AIPLA Comments to ACUS on Patent Small Claims Court
July 13, 2022On July 5, the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) submitted comments as proposed by the Administrative Office of the US Courts on a potential small claims patent court or small claims patent proceeding and its impacts. AIPLA addressed nine proposed questions and will continue to study these issues.
AIPLA Comments on the USPTO in Response to the Interim Process for Director Review
July 13, 2022On July 11, the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) offered its initial views to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) in response to the Interim Process for PTAB Director Review. AIPLA appreciates the USPTO’s focus on improving fairness to all parties and achieving greater consistency and predictability in these proceedings.
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AIPLA Direct More Updates
Supreme Court Vacated and Remanded the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Unicolors, Inc. v. H&M Hennes and Mauritz, LP
February 24, 2022On February 24, 2022 the U.S. Supreme Court Vacated and Remanded the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Unicolors, Inc. v. H&M Hennes and Mauritz, LP. This ruling is consistent with the amicus brief filed by AIPLA on August 10, 2021.
Supreme Court Rules to Keep the Doctrine of Assignor Estoppel in Minerva v. Hologic
June 29, 2021On June 29, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to keep the doctrine of assignor estoppel, but with limits on its application. This ruling is consistent with the amicus brief filed by AIPLA on March 1, 2021.
Supreme Court Reverses and Vacates Federal Circuit in United States v. Arthrex, Inc.
June 21, 2021On June 21, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed and vacated the Federal Circuit decision, dividing 5-4 on the judgment in United States v. Arthrex, Inc. In this majority opinion, the Supreme Court held that the unreviewable authority wielded by Administrative Patent Judges (APJs) during inter partes review is constitutionally incompatible with their appointment by the Secretary of Commerce to an inferior office.
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