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Our busy Summer Tour 2011 kicked off in New York City on May 11, 2011. Our next stop will be San Francisco, California from June 22-26, 2011. But for the moment John White and I are presently in New York City teaching aspiring patent attorneys and patent agents how to pass the newly revamped patent bar examination. The test has been revised by the United States Patent and Trademark Office effective April 12, 2011, and now tests Edition 8, Revision 8 of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedures, better known as the MPEP. In addition to testing the most current revision of the MPEP, the test also integrates the Bilski Guidelines, the KSR Guidelines and the very new 112 Guidelines, all of which are yet to officially make it into a version of the MPEP. John and I have created all new materials and have completely revised the course, making it better than ever.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has updated the patent bar exam, sometimes referred to as the patent registration examination. Effective April 12, 2011, the patent bar examination now tests MPEP 8th Edition Revision 8, as well as critically important guidelines, such as the KSR, Bilski and 112 guidelines, not yet a part of any edition of the MPEP. See USPTO Updates Registration Examination. I have been teaching the PLI Patent Bar Review Course for over 10 years now, and along with John White (the original course creator) participated in revising our materials, lectures and questions to bring the course up to date with the latest edition of the exam now being offered. I continue to believe the PLI Patent Bar Review Course is the best course out there, and I have put together the following Top 10 reasons to take our Review Course.
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Live from New York it’s the 5th Annual PLI Patent Law Institute. Okay, it doesn’t roll off the tongue quite the same way, but over the next two days we will explore all aspects of the practice of patent law, from litigation, to transactional practice to patent prosecution.
Starting off day one is the newly minted private citizen Sharon Barner, who most recently was the Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Barner was introduced by John White (of PLI patent bar review fame), who pointed out that during her tenure she continued to commute weekends back to Chicago from Alexandria, VA so as to not uproot her family. Over her tenure, which was about 16 months, Barner also managed to fit in no less than 8 trips to China on official government business, among the 17 foreign missions she participated in. Let’s just say she really racked up some frequent flyer miles!
Today Barner is here to talk to us about what is going on at the USPTO. She is discussing the USPTO Strategic Plan, which she was primarily responsible for pulling together during her tenure. She also went on to discuss appeals to the BPAI, the IT system overhaul, patent reform, patent politics, Microsoft v. i4i and much more. As a former Deputy Director we are getting not only the facts, but her opinions as well. An excellent, informative and candid presentation.
Social media and social networking are the buzz words du jour. Once upon a time it seemed as if those who were “out of it” would be those without an e-mail account, but now practically everyone has an e-mail account, even grandparents! Like those without an e-mail account of yester-year, today if you do not employ social media and engage in social networking you are behind the times. Perhaps not surprisingly, given the relative infancy of everything social, from media to networking, and the fact that the phenomenon hit big practically overnight in business terms, many law firms, professionals and companies are behind the proverbial eight ball and trying to catch up.
From the shameless commerce division, with at least a mild dose of self promotion, I am here to tell you about some of the intellectual property programs that the Practising Law Institute (PLI) has in store for the Winter 2011 season.
By now practically everyone probably knows that PLI is a sponsor, and that I teach the PLI Patent Bar Review Course, so I suppose you can take what I say with a grain of salt, but I am really looking forward to these PLI programs in particular. I will be signed up to attend via webcast the programs I cannot make live, and I will be in in Chicago, IL in March for the Patent Bar Review Course and in New York City for the 5th Annual Patent Law Institute from February 17-18, 2011. If your firm is a privileged member you can attend these and all other PLI programs for free, with the exception of the Patent Bar Review Course.
In this edition of News, Notes & Announcements, the USPTO announces it has signed an agreement with the Russian Patent Office to act as an International Searching Authority; the USPTO announces expansion of the Patent Prosecution Highway; PLI’s Patent Litigation 2010 starts next week and will travel across the US with stops in Virginia, Atlanta, Chicago and New York; BIO is hosting a Technology Transfer Symposium next week in San Francisco; Howard University will hold an IP Empowerment Summit on November 5, 2010, aimed at trying to help indigent inventors — USPTO Director David Kappos will participate; and BackWeb Technologies sues two computer giants — IBM and HP — on patents covering methods for transmitting information between a remote network and a local computer.
Occasionally I come across some news that I wish I had time to write about, and frequently any more I am asked to help spread the word on a variety of topics relating to the intellectual property industry. With that in mind, what appears below are some random things that many would likely we interested in knowing about.
In this edition of News, Notes & Announcements, patent attorneys asked to participate in an inequitable conduct study, BIO seeks session proposals for 2011 Convention, Huffington Post and other popular press starting to report that patent backlog is costing jobs, the Second Circuit refuses en banc rehearing in reverse patent payments case and PLI sponsoring yours truly on a speaking tour.
Summer is almost over, but the Practising Law Institute still has some great Intellectual Property courses that all come with CLE credits. So whether you are looking for an excuse to take a trip to beautiful San Francisco, California, or the City that never sleeps, or you are looking for some great information and CLE credits via webcast, PLI has you covered. The remaining IP courses for Summer 2010 are all new and completely revised, with the exception of the extremely popular Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing workshop, which will still integrate recent changes and provide tons of practical learning.
Straight out of the shameless commerce division, but possibly of interest and hopefully very worthwhile. The fact that it is FREE for firms is only a bonus!
Over the last month or so it has been made known to PLI that some law firms might be interested in me coming to the firm to give a talk or presentation on some hot patent related issue of the moment. It has also come to my attention that a number of firms have weekly or bi-weekly sessions already scheduled where one member of the firm is tasked with creating a presentation worthy of CLE credit for a “lunch and learn” presentation. I am happy to come to your firm to give such a presentation, and at no cost to your firm. All you have to do is let me speak for 5 minutes about PLI offerings, such as their CLE Seminars, Patent Bar Review Course and Treatises. I promise these 5 minutes won’t eat into any CLE worthy presentation I give, and will meet any requirements as agree upon so as to make sure attorneys attending get appropriate CLE credit.
Yet another day has come and gone without the United States Supreme Court issuing a decision in Bilski v. Kappos. According to Cover It Live, via the SCOTUS Blog, Chief Justice Roberts announced that the Court will have its final opinions on Monday, June 28, 2010, and that the Court’s term will close with the exception of remaining Orders in pending cases. (see 10:39 am mark of discussion at SCOTUS Blog). This is widely being interpreted as confirmation that Bilski will be issued on Monday, June 28, 2010, which admittedly seems extraordinarily likely, but call me crazy, I have a strange feeling something odd may be boiling behind the scenes.
Allow me to point out that everyone I have spoken to believes that Bilski will be decided this term and with only one day remaining everyone to a person believes the decision will be announced next Monday shortly after 10:00 am Eastern Time. But why wouldn’t the Chief Justice just come out and say that all pending cases will be decided and no cases will be held over until the next term? Why must he say things in ways that leave open the possibility that one or more cases could be held over? For example, the Court could have its “final opinions” issue on Monday, June 28, 2010 and the Court’s October 2009 Term could come to an end, and Bilski still not issue. That would make what Roberts said today true, and we would still have a case held over.