AIPLA Virtual Water Cooler - Webinar Series
November 19, 2020 to January 21, 2021
The AIPLA Virtual Water Cooler is Back!
Join us on the third Thursday of each month at 3 pm eastern/ noon pacific at the "Water Cooler".
Based on member feedback, we're bringing back the Virtual Water Cooler. We know that we as continue in large measure, work-from-home, we're still missing the regular connection with our colleagues. That’s why AIPLA’s Committee on the Profession is inviting you to join us around the virtual water cooler for a 15-to 30- minute break.
We hope that people will informally show up the third Thursday of November, December, and January at 3 pm Eastern/noon Pacific.
Some programs may have themes or topics, but 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. Nothing to do in advance except register, and we are doing that 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 will have to bring your own water.
USPTO Appoints David Berdan as General Counsel
November 10, 2020As General Counsel, Mr. Berdan will serve as the principal legal advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. Mr. Berdan will also supervise the Office of General Counsel and its three component offices: the Office of the Solicitor, the Office of General Law, and the Office of Enrollment and Discipline. Over the past 25 years, Mr. Berdan has served in a variety of important legal positions, most recently, as General Counsel and Compliance Officer of Gaming Arts. Mr. Berdan will begin his new role at the USPTO on Monday, November 16.
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.