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Texas A&M Law School’s Law Review Will Host an October Symposium Regarding Agriculture, Intellectual Property, and Feeding the World in the 21st Century

On October 28, 2016, the Law Review of Texas A&M Law Review will host a symposium regarding agriculture, intellectual property, and feeding the world in the 21st century. Legal aspects of developing agricultural technologies, such plant and animal breeding genetics, will be among the topics discussed. The speakers will include President-Elect of the American Agricultural Law Association, law-school professions, and others knowledgeable in these fields. Persons interested in attending can register and pay for entry here.

Ramey & Schwaller is a full-service intellectual property law firm working with a national client base from our Houston, Texas, office. We are dedicated to enhancing client results through efficient practice management, innovative technologies and the use of skilled professionals.

USPTO Offers Intellectual-Property Education

On November 15–17, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will provide training on examination practice and procedure as part of the USPTO’s our Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure (STEPP) program. The three-day course is offered to the public, is intended for those who have recently passed the Patent Bar, and will be held on the USPTO’s Alexandria, Va. campus. However, tomorrow, October 5, is the last day to sign up for the program.

The program will be led by USPTO trainers, using materials developed for training patent examiners and other USPTO employees. More information, including a proposed upcoming course schedule, is available here.

Ramey & Schwaller is a full-service intellectual property law firm working with a national client base from our Houston, Texas, office. We are dedicated to enhancing client results through efficient practice management, innovative technologies and the use of skilled professionals.

Proposed USPTO Patent Fee Adjustments

USPTO (Alexandria facility)

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is proposing to set or adjust certain patent fees. The USPTO typically reviews fee levels on at least a biennial basis.

The fee adjustment proposals include increases on fees for large entity utility filing, searches, and examinations. Small and micro entity discounts remain available. Design patents do not pay maintenance fees, and the majority of design applicants are eligible for small and micro entity fee reductions.

The USPTO is seeking comments on the patent fee proposals. Comments should be sent by email to: fee.setting@uspto.gov.

Ramey & Schwaller is a full-service intellectual property law firm working with a national client base from our Houston, Texas, office. We are dedicated to enhancing client results through efficient practice management, innovative technologies and the use of skilled professionals.

USPTO to Celebrate Fifth Anniversary of America Invents Act

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is co-sponsoring an event to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the America Invents Act (AIA) on September 21, 2016, from 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. (EST) in the Rayburn House Office Building, in Washington, D.C. The event will feature remarks from USPTO leadership and Congressional representatives on the AIA’s impact to the U.S. intellectual property system.

The event will also include a panel discussion with leaders from the IP community discussing the impact of the AIA on businesses and communities of all sizes and next steps for the U.S. IP system.

More information, including registration details and program agenda, can be obtained at https://www.uspto.gov/about-us/events/america-invents-act-anniversary.

USPTO to Add Additional Law Schools to Its Law School Clinic Certification Program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced that it will be adding additional law schools to the USPTO’s Law School Clinic Certification Program. The Program allows law students to practice patent and/or trademark law before the USPTO under the guidance of a law school faculty clinic supervisor. Interested law schools may submit applications until June 30, 2017.

Students in both the patent and trademark portions of the Program can expect to draft and file applications and respond to Office Actions. Each law school clinical program must meet and maintain the requirements for USPTO certification in order for law school clinic students to practice before the USPTO.

Application materials and additional information are available at http://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/ip-policy/public-information-about-practitioners/law-school-clinic-1.

U.S. Dept. of Commerce Recommends Copyright-Law Amendments

The U.S. Department of Commerce has issued a report recommending amendments to copyright law that purportedly would provide courts with both more guidance and greater flexibility in awarding statutory damages. The report, “White Paper on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages,” was issued by the Department’s Internet Policy Task Force and addresses:
(1) the legal framework for the creation of remixes;
(2) the relevance and scope of the “first sale doctrine;” and
(3) the appropriate calibration of statutory damages in the contexts of individual file sharers and secondary liability for large-scale infringement.

The report’s proposed copyright-law amendments include a list of factors for courts and juries to consider when determining the amount of statutory damages.

The report is available at www.uspto.gov/copyright-white-paper-2016.

USPTO Announces Next Patent-Public-Advisory-Committee Meeting

The USPTO (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) has announced that it will hold its next quarterly meeting of the Patent Public Advisory Committee on Thursday, February 4. The public can attend at the USPTO’s Alexandria campus or watch online. The agenda and Webcast link are available at http://www.uspto.gov/about-us/events/patent-public-advisory-committee-quarterly-meeting-february-2016.

USPTO to Host February 2016 Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting

The USPTO’s (United States Patent and Trademark Office’s) Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting is a collaborative forum for USPTO stakeholders seeking patent protection in the cybersecurity sector to share ideas, experiences, and insights with USPTO staff. The next Partnership meeting will be from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (PST) on February 10, 2016, at the Silicon Valley USPTO. Topics to be discussed include:

  • key computer security patent application statistics and trends;
  • the cooperative patent classification system;
  • enhanced patent quality initiatives; and
  • interim guidance on patent subject matter eligibility.

Attendees can ask questions and provide input on the topics and share ideas during interactive discussions. The meeting is free to the public and will also be accessible via webcast. Registration and additional information can be obtained at http://www.uspto.gov/about-us/events/cybersecurity-partnership-meeting.

USPTO to Host a January Patent Quality Chat Webinar

The USPTO will host its first Patent Quality Chat in the 2016 webinar series on Tuesday, January 12 from noon to 1 pm (ET). The Patent Quality Chat is a monthly, lunchtime webinar series designed to provide information on patent quality topics and gather input for the PTO. The January webinar chat will share information and collect feedback on (1) Topic Submission for Case Studies and (2) Post Grant Outcomes. The speakers will discuss the PTO’s Case Studies program and its recent Federal Register Notice requesting submissions and will present an overview of the Post Grant Outcomes program (a program to develop a process for providing post grant outcomes from sources, such as the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), to examiners of related applications).

You can join the discussion during the event by emailing PatentQualityEventParticipationBox@uspto.gov (link sends e-mail). More information regarding the webinar is available from the USPTO.

USPTO (Alexandria facility)