AIPLA Virtual Water Cooler - Weekly Webinar Series
July 2 to August 27, 2020
AIPLA Virtual Water Cooler
Join us every Thursday in July and August at 3 pm eastern/ noon pacific at the "Water Cooler".
AIPLA knows that working from home is a 'big' change, as are many of our "normal" life events at the moment. Many people are feeling alone - some are by themselves, others aren't but are still missing their office comradery. That’s why AIPLA’s Committee on the Profession is inviting you to join us around the virtual water cooler for a 15-minute break each Thursday in July and August at 3 pm Eastern/noon Pacific.
In advance of each session we'll pose an issue to start the discussion – and we promise, it won't be something as complex as patent eligibility or orphaned copyrighted works – but who knows where it will go. Mostly, this is an opportunity to say hello to people you may (or may not) know for a few minutes, and see IP colleagues much as you would at the office water cooler.
To attend simply register, which we are doing simply so no one gets Zoom-bombed (and yes, Zoom fatigue could well tie into one of the topics). This is free and open both to AIPLA members and non-members interested in IP (feel free to share this invite to others in IP), but sorry, you'll have to bring your own water.
USPTO fee changes effective October 2, 2020
September 22, 2020The USPTO published a Final Rule on August 3, 2020 in a Federal Register Notice, announcing fee changes that take effect October 2, 2020. The Final Rule includes an approximate 5-10% increase to most fees impacted by the rule, with some larger increases, notably in issue and maintenance fees, maintenance late fees, and PTAB fees. Four fees were discontinued.
Shira Perlmutter Is Named Register of Copyrights
September 22, 2020AIPLA congratulates Shira Perlmutter on her appointment as the 14th Register of Copyrights. Her extensive experience in intellectual property law will be a tremendous benefit to the Office.
Employees’ Access to Files Thwarts Claim Under Anti-Hacking Law
September 11, 2020The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on September 9, 2020, held that two former Royal Truck & Trailer Sales & Service Inc. employees didn’t violate the anti-hacking Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by forwarding and misusing confidential company information because they had permission to access it.
‘Jersey Boys’ Makers Defeat Copyright Claims at Ninth Circuit
September 9, 2020The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on September 8, 2020, held that the musical “Jersey Boys” doesn’t infringe the copyright in a Four Seasons band member’s autobiography because any similarities between the works are based on historical facts.
Beauty Sales Rep Misled CVS Vendor Over Trademark, Court Affirms
September 8, 2020The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on August 31, 2020, held that a beauty and personal care sales rep deceived a CVS Pharmacy distributor about her rights to use Carol’s Express as a trademark. Beauty Enters. v. Gregory, 2020 BL 328390, 7th Cir., No. 19-3491, 8/28/20.