AIPLA 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting
October 22 to 30, 2020
AIPLA Annual Meeting goes VIRTUALJuly 14, 2020. Given the current pandemic, the spike in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, related governmental orders, guidance from the World Health Organization and the CDC about social distancing and avoiding large gatherings, we find ourselves again having to make the difficult decision to move away from an in-person conference for AIPLA’s 2020 Annual Meeting. Instead, we are announcing that this year’s AIPLA Annual Meeting will go virtual!
We were able to successfully host the Spring Meeting as a virtual conference, and we will offer a stellar virtual experience for everyone in October. The Professional Programs Committee has again put together an excellent line-up of educational offerings. In addition to those programs, we are developing creative online networking events, informal meet-ups to discuss programs, and the ability to arrange one-on-one connections with meeting attendees. Building on our momentum and experience of the Spring Meeting, and benefiting from the advancements in online learning technology, the Annual Meeting promises to be even better than our successful Virtual Spring Meeting. We will provide updated information about plans for the virtual Annual Meeting as soon as possible.
AIPLA continues to look for ways to support you and provide you effective and rewarding ways to connect with your colleagues and friends in the AIPLA community during this unusual and challenging time. Look for our upcoming virtual events, webinars, committee conference calls, and other virtual meetings to stay connected and up-to-date on IP law and practice.
Please let us know if you have ideas for activities, virtual meetings or other events with members of the AIPLA community that could deepen our support of and ties with each other. As we have already shown through this pandemic, I am confident that we can continue to find ways to strengthen the AIPLA community we share.
Thank you for your continued support of the Association and of each other as we face these professional and personal challenges together.
Sponsorship Opportunities - We will be updating information soon on opportunities for sponsors and exhibitors soon!
AIPLA Comments on Draft Implementation Rules of the Chinese Patent Law
January 10, 2021The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Draft Implementation Rules of the Chinese Patent Law. Attached is a table listing our detailed comments, some of which are also summarized in the file download section.
AIPLA Comments on Proposed Continuing Legal Education Guidelines
January 8, 2021AIPLA filed a response to the USPTO’s request for comments on proposed continuing legal education guidelines objecting to ongoing efforts by the USPTO to institute a de facto federal CLE requirement and reporting system, noting that the biennial registration requirements and reporting systems are unnecessary and may lead to an active practitioner fee. AIPLA also expressed concern that the proposal would eventually result in a mandatory CLE program requiring a costly infrastructure which would ultimately result in fees increases to support it. AIPLA expressed further concern that the rulemaking efforts may not have complied with rulemaking requirements.
AIPLA Congratulates Lisa K. Jorgenson on her appointment as a Deputy Director General at WIPO
December 6, 2020On December 3, 2020 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Director General Daren Tang announced the newly appointed Deputy Directors General and Assistant Directors General, including former AIPLA Executive Director Lisa K. Jorgenson who will serve as Deputy Director General, Patents and Technology Center. Ms. Jorgenson will assume her new duties beginning January 1, 2021. For more information about WIPO, please visit www.wipo.int
AIPLA Comments on Discretion to Institute Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
December 3, 2020AIPLA filed a response to the USPTO’s October 20, 2020 request for comments on discretion to institute trials in inter partes review (IPR) and post grant review (PGR) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The USPTO’s request solicits input on whether rulemaking is necessary and the type of rules it should adopt, but does not propose any rules.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Petitioner, v. ARTHREX, INC. ET AL., Respondents. Case No. 19-1434, 19-1452, amicus brief filed 12/2/2020.
December 2, 2020AIPLA’s brief supports reversal of the Federal Circuit’s decision and argues that Supreme Court precedent does not support such a rigid, factor-specific approach, instead favoring a flexible analysis to assess whether an officer is “principal” or “inferior.” The brief explains that, while the question is a close one, the totality of the circumstances under this flexible approach supports finding that APJs are inferior officers who are constitutionally appointed.