Posts Tagged: "Press Releases"

Commerce Secretary Headlines Copyright Policy Symposium

The day-long symposium included discussion of online copyright policy in the United States, specifically the impact of current copyright laws, existing and emerging techniques used to illegally distribute and obtain protected works, the extent and economic impact of infringement, and the role of emerging business models for legitimate distribution of content. During the symposium, it was announced that the Department of Commerce will issue a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) this month seeking public comment on the effectiveness of copyright law, and ultimately will issue a report which will contribute to the Administration’s domestic policy and international engagement in the area of online copyright protection.

BIO Commends Supreme Court for Expansive View of Patentability in Bilski

“In our amicus brief, BIO urged the Supreme Court to overturn the lower court’s rigid new test for determining whether a method or process is eligible for patenting. We are pleased that the Justices crafted a narrow opinion that does just that. The Court was clearly conscious of the potential negative and unforeseeable consequences of a broad and sweeping decision,” stated BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood. “This ruling specifically states that the ‘machine-or-transformation test is not the sole test for patent eligibility’ and recognized that the lower court’s ruling could have created uncertainty in fields such as advanced diagnostic medicine techniques.”

USPTO Seeks Change Patent Examiner Performance Standards

Management at the United States Patent and Trademark Office has been working with representatives of the patent examiners union, the Patent Office Professional Association (POPA), to better align the performance standards for patent examiners with the USPTO’s goals for increasing quality in patent examination and reducing the backlog of pending patent applications, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos announced today. If adopted, the joint task force’s changes would be the first major revision to the patent examiners’ performance appraisal plan (PAP) since 1986.

DOJ, FTC & PTO to Hold Workshop on Promoting Innovation

On Wednesday, May 26, 2010, the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will hold a joint public workshop on the intersection of patent policy and competition policy and its implications for promoting innovation. Assistant Attorney General for the department’s Antitrust Division Christine Varney, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David J. Kappos, and U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra will give opening remarks at the morning session of the workshop. FTC Commissioner Edith Ramirez will open the afternoon session.

IP Leaders Gather in Boston May 19-21 for LES Spring Meeting

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2010 – Hundreds of intellectual property (IP) business leaders will attend the Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada) Spring Meeting May 19-21 in Boston. Themed, IP for Entrepreneurs and Universities, the meeting is uniquely designed for entrepreneurs, start-ups, investors, universities, labs and others who wish to learn about successful commercialization of early stage technologies. “We’ve tailored our…

Nevada Patent Owners Unite to Oppose Patent Reform

A group of Nevada patent owners and experts announced the formation Thursday of a coalition to oppose legislation aimed at changing U.S. patent laws in a fashion that will have a strongly negative impact on patents, innovation, and job creation generally and particularly in Nevada.

BIO Seeks Nominations for 2010 George Washington Carver Award

Presentation of the third annual George Washington Carver Award will recognize significant contributions by an individual in the field of industrial biotechnology, including applications in biological engineering, environmental science, biorefining and biobased products. The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is accepting nominations for the 2010 George Washington Carver Award, which will be presented at the 2010 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, June 27-30, 2009 in Washington, D.C. The deadline for nominations is April 12, 2010.

Gov. Perry: LegalZoom to Move Up To 600 Jobs to Austin, TX

Gov. Rick Perry today announced the state will invest $1 million through the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) in for the relocation of certain office functions from Los Angeles to Austin. This investment will create up to 600 jobs and more than $11.7 million in capital investment.

Patrick W. Gross Joins Article One Partners Board of Directors

NEW YORK, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ — Article One Partners, the world’s largest patent validation firm, today announced that Patrick W. Gross has joined its Board of Directors. Gross was an influential member of U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara’s staff, has been the chairman, vice chairman, founder, co-founder and trustee of a large number of public service organizations, and a…

Biotech Provisions in Senate Health Care Bill Promotes Innovation

WASHINGTON, DC (December 24, 2009) – Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) President and CEO Jim Greenwood released the following statement on today’s vote by the Senate to pass The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009: The health care reform bill passed today by the Senate includes many provisions which serve as early Christmas presents for patients living with debilitating…

Patent Coalition Established to Oppose Legislation Harmful to Small Businesses and Individual Inventors

SAN DIEGO, CA (Marketwire – December 15, 2009) – A group of organizations today announced that they have banded together to form the Small Business Coalition on Patent Legislation created to draw attention to current patent reform proposals that have not been addressed by established patent stakeholders and that would be uniquely harmful to small business patentees if enacted.

Webcast of Knee Replacement to Feature Patented Technology

At 6 p.m. CST on November 10, 2009, Foundation Surgical Hospital will present a live webcast of a partial knee replacement featuring the iUni® G2 Personalized Knee Resurfacing System. The live procedure will be performed by Dr. Terry Clyburn and Dr. Brian Parsley from Foundation Surgical Hospital in Houston, Texas. During the webcast, the viewing audience can email questions to…

The Making of a Good Patent Related Press Release

One of the most frustrating things I encounter when blogging is finding a really great story courtesy of a press release and then realizing that the press release provides so little useful information that it is impossible to write anything other than a puff piece, which I simply will not do.  From time to time I have even written to…

Patent Reform Advocates Challenge Andy Grove

PRESS RELEASE: May 19, 2009 – American Innovators for Patent Reform (AIPR), a non-profit association of inventors, patent owners, small businesses, universities, and intellectual property professionals, is calling the controversial comments that Intel founder and former CEO Andrew Grove delivered recently about the U.S. patent system at a Silicon Valley awards ceremony “absurd and irresponsible.” “Likening patents to financial derivatives…