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!
USPTO Released Proposed Continuing Legal Education Guidelines
October 14, 2020On October 9, The USPTO published a notice seeking public input on proposed guidelines regarding continuing legal education (CLE). As we noted in an earlier notice, the final rule published on August 3, 2020, will require beginning March 1, 2022, that registered patent practitioners and individuals granted limited recognition to practice before the USPTO in patent matters, biennially submit a mandatory registration statement.
Supreme Court Will Decide If PTAB Violates Appointments Clause
October 13, 2020On October 13, 2020, the Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, as created by the AIA, violates the Appointments Clause in Article II of the Constitution. The Court granted certiorari in three consolidated cases (United States v. Arthrex, Inc., et al. 19-1434; Smith & Nephew, Inc., et al. v. Arthrex, Inc., et al., 19-1452; and Arthrex, Inc., v. Smith & Nephew, Inc., et al., 19-1458), but limited its review to two specific questions
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.