Press Releases

  • AIPLA Submits Comments in Response to the Discussion Draft of The Digital Copyright Act (“DCA”)

    March 22, 2021

    On March 22, 2021, AIPLA submitted comments to Senator Thom Tillis in response to the discussion draft of The Digital Copyright Act (“DCA”) of 2021. AIPLA’s comments largely mirror and reflect AIPLA’s positions expressed on prior occasions, with comments directed to the concepts addressed and not to any specific proposed language. AIPLA’s comments support the concept of advancing the DMCA towards a “notice-and-staydown” regime. AIPLA also advocates further study into the use of a standardized unique identifier that would more effectively identify content.
  • AIPLA Submits Comments on Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Disclaimer Practice in Patents and Patent Applications

    March 22, 2021

    On March 22, 2021, AIPLA submitted comments regarding the notice of proposed rulemaking regarding disclaimer practice in patents and patent applications. AIPLA supports the Office’s proposed revisions to the rules and includes a suggestion to clarify the rules regarding disclaimers by parties to a joint research agreement.
  • AIPLA Submits Recommendations on the Association's Intellectual Property Priorities for the Biden Administration

    February 26, 2021

    On February 26th, AIPLA submitted recommendations on the Association’s intellectual property priorities to the Biden Administration. AIPLA advocates for top-caliber USPTO leadership, including a variety of relevant requirements for appointees. Support was also expressed for continued adequate funding for the USPTO examination process to ensure high-quality patents. AIPLA suggested a multitude of initiatives to strengthen trademark registration, including but not limited to reinforcing existing trademark-related COVID relief measures, prioritizing effective and fair implementation of the Trademark Modernization Act, and preventing abuse of the U.S. trademark system. In relation to IP rights abroad, AIPLA supports efforts in raising the minimum standard of IP protections abroad so that they appropriately protect the investments of U.S. innovators. AIPLA also looks forward to continuing to collaborate with the National Council for Expanding American Innovation (NCEAI) and the Administration to advance diversity and inclusion initiatives.
  • AIPLA Submits Comments to USPTO Regarding National Strategy for Expanding American Innovation

    February 23, 2021

    On February 23, 2021, AIPLA filed comments in response to the USPTO’s Notice regarding the National Strategy for Expanding American Innovation. AIPLA's comments include suggestions for the support of individuals, including the implementation of shared workspaces, hubs, and labs, workshops, internships, and promotion of meetings and clubs, among other ideas. Some of AIPLA's comments regarding lowering the barriers to innovation in underrepresented groups include adjusting internal culture and increasing representation in leadership. READ MORE
  • Comments Submitted by AIPLA to USPTO Pursuant to Sovereign Immunity Study

    February 22, 2021

    On February 22, 2021, AIPLA filed comments in response to the USPTO’s Sovereign Immunity Study: Notice and Request for Public Comment, 85 Fed. Reg. 70,589 (November 5, 2020) (Docket Number: PTO–T–2020–0043). With respect to patent and trademark infringement, AIPLA believes that the record of reported cases provides support for abrogation of state immunity. With respect to trademark infringement, however, there are critical differences between those cases and patent and copyright infringement actions. READ MORE
  • AIPLA Comments on Implementation of the Trademark Modernization Act

    February 3, 2021

    AIPLA provided feedback to the USPTO on the implementation of the Trademark Modernization Act (TMA). The feedback three aspects of the TMA: general comments, comments on flexible response times, and comments regarding ex parte expungement and ex parte reexamination proceedings. AIPLA continues to advocate for a shorter response period to Office Action refusals that include only ministerial or procedural objections. AIPLA also provided feedback on a number of subsections regarding ex parte expungement and ex parte reexamination proceedings.
  • AIPLA Submits Comments to USPTO Regarding the Article of Manufacture Requirement

    February 2, 2021

    On February 2, 2021, AIPLA filed comments in response to the USPTO’s Notice regarding the Article of Manufacture Requirement for Design Patents under 35 U.S.C. 171. AIPLA indicated its support for a change in the interpretation of eligibility guidelines for computer-generated images to accept other articles of manufacture associated with the underlying programmed computer, instead of requiring that the image appear on a display screen.
  • AIPLA Comments on Proposed Continuing Legal Education Guidelines

    January 7, 2021

    AIPLA 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, 2020

    On 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 Saddened to Learn of Passing of Former Executive Director Q. Todd Dickinson

    May 6, 2020

    The American Intellectual Property Law Association is saddened to learn of the passing of Q. Todd Dickinson, former AIPLA Executive Director and former Director of the USPTO.
  • AIPLA Announces Leadership Update

    March 26, 2020

    After serving as Executive Director for more than five years, Lisa K. Jorgenson is leaving AIPLA. In the time she has served us in that capacity, she has worked tirelessly to connect with AIPLA members—not only across the country but around the world—and to understand and address the challenges that IP practitioners are facing.
  • AIPLA Asks Supreme Court to Hold That Willful Infringement Not Be Required for Disgorgement of Profits Under Lanham Act

    September 20, 2019

    AIPLA argues that that proof of willfulness should not be required for an accounting of profits under Section 35(a) of the Lanham Act.
  • AIPLA Asks Supreme Court to Hold That § 314(d) Allows Appeal of PTAB Institution Decisions

    September 10, 2019

    The American Intellectual Property Law Association filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court today in Thryv, Inc. v. Click-to-Call Technologies, LP, No. 18-916, a case involving which issues can be appealed in inter partes review proceedings.
  • Leading Global IP Associations Discuss Policy Considerations for Providing Intellectual Property Protection for Artificial Intelligence for the Public Benefit

    April 29, 2019

    AIPLA, AIPPI and FICPI jointly organized a high-level colloquium on Artificial Intelligence (AI) with a focus on AI and Patent, Copyright and Trade Secret protection in Turin, Italy on 28-29 March 2019.
  • Senate Confirms Andrei Iancu As Next Director of US Patent And Trademark Office

    February 5, 2018

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association 2017 Annual Meeting to Draw Thousands

    September 27, 2017

  • White House Nominates Andrei Iancu as USPTO Director

    August 25, 2017