MacCord’s List: IP News & Notices From Art MacCord

By Art MacCord

Art MacCord is a patent attorney with 40 years of experience. He keeps an eye on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Copyright Office for new rules and practice tips of interest to intellectual property attorneys. Find his latest updates here:

NCBA IPL Section Blog News Blasts for April 7, 2020

Relief Available to Patent and Trademark Applicants, Patentees and Trademark Owners Affected by the Coronavirus Outbreak
https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/coronavirus_relief_ognotice_03162020.pdf
https://www.uspto.gov/coronavirus

Clarification of the Practice for Requiring Additional Information in Petitions Filed in Patent Applications and Patents Based on Unintentional Delay
https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-03-02/pdf/2020-03715.pdf

MacCord’s List: IP News & Notices From Art MacCord

By Art MacCord

Art MacCord is a patent attorney with 40 years of experience. He keeps an eye on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Copyright Office for new rules and practice tips of interest to intellectual property attorneys. Find his latest updates here:

NCBA IPL section Blog News Blasts for March 17, 2020

Special Announcement about Copyright Office Fee Changes
https://www.copyright.gov/about/2020-fees.pdf

USPTO update on in-person meetings
https://www.uspto.gov/about-us/news-updates/uspto-update-person-meetings

Relief for USPTO customers affected by COVID-19
https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/coronavirus_relief_ognotice_03162020.pdf  

MacCord’s List: IP News & Notices From Art MacCord

Art MacCord is a patent attorney with 40 years of experience. He keeps an eye on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Copyright Office for new rules and practice tips of interest to intellectual property attorneys. Find his latest updates here:

NCBA IPL section Blog News Blasts for March 3, 2020

Copyright Office Fee Schedule

https://www.copyright.gov/rulemaking/feestudy2018/

Proposed Fee Schedule

https://www.copyright.gov/rulemaking/feestudy2018/proposed-fee-schedule.pdf

Copyright Registration Modernization

https://www.copyright.gov/rulemaking/reg-modernization/?loclr=eanco

Preparing for an In-House Position? Try Brown Bagging It!

By Andre Gibbs 

From time to time, I am asked by law firm colleagues how to prepare for the transition from outside counsel to in-house counsel. In many instances, these colleagues must transition from being an Intellectual Property (IP) specialist in a few areas of IP law to an IP generalist. For example, I notice that many of these colleagues have extensive experience working as a patent attorney performing specialized “prep and pros” work for submission to the USPTO, working closely with foreign counsel regarding related non-US “prep and pros” work, occasionally assisting with patent assertion and litigation matters, and even perhaps assisting with due diligence relating to a client M&A deal. At its core, this type of work relates to their specific, specialized expertise in patent law. In many cases, it is this same expertise that in-house counsel will most likely seek in a new hire (e.g., to assist with the management of a patent portfolio).

However, in many additional cases, an in-house IP attorney must also be a general IP attorney that wears many hats. They should be ready to advise on issues related to the licensing/monetization of IP, use of open source code, participation in Standards Setting Organizations, product naming, product packaging claims, copyright assertions, DMCA take down requests, Privacy issues (e.g., GDPR), IP indemnification and ownership clauses in commercial agreements, etc. These tasks are in addition to not only managing the patent portfolio, but also providing IP education sessions and performing invention harvest sessions with the organizations’ engineers or scientists. Rarely have I seen many outside IP attorneys that have had the opportunity to obtain such a broad array of IP legal experience before transitioning to in-house IP legal position.

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MacCord’s List: IP News & Notices From Art MacCord

Art MacCord is a patent attorney with 40 years of experience. He keeps an eye on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Copyright Office for new rules and practice tips of interest to intellectual property attorneys. Find his latest updates here:

NCBA IPL Section Blog News Blasts for Feb. 11, 2020

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office releases policy statement on standards-essential patents subject to voluntary F/RAND commitments.

The U.S. Copyright Office will host its seventh public modernization webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, at 12 p.m. eastern time.

 

 

MacCord’s List: IP News & Notices From Art MacCord

Art MacCord is a patent attorney with 40 years of experience. He keeps an eye on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Copyright Office for new rules and practice tips of interest to intellectual property attorneys. Find his latest updates here:

NCBA IPL Section Blog News Blasts for Feb. 4, 2019

Patent litigation data through 2016 is now available.

 

 

Starting Small In 2020

By Sarah Nagae

Happy 2020! Did you set any New Year’s resolutions? I’m a self-described gym rat and the number of people I see working out invariably spikes this time of year. That is, the treadmills are suddenly completely full, stay that way for a week or two, but then are back to normal just as quickly. Why, by mid-January, do so many of us feel like we’ve already failed to carry out the goals we made just a few short weeks ago? A big reason is because we set our goals way too high – they are unrealistic, and therefore unattainable, from the get-go.

What if, in 2020, we choose instead to start small? I’ve been thinking about this approach after hearing the personal finance guru Dave Ramsey’s advice for getting out of debt, what he calls the “Debt Snowball Method.” He tells people who have multiple debts to tackle the smallest one first, then the next smallest and so forth until they have paid them all off, the largest one last. By getting rid of the smaller ones first you build up momentum, which then motivates you to continue to keep going to the larger ones. The snowball effect is a general principle which applies outside of personal finance as well.

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Decade of Distinctiveness

By Ed Timberlake

From the way they are typically discussed in news stories, a casual observer could perhaps be forgiven for concluding that trademarks are primarily about confusion. In North Carolina – the only state that recognizes Trademark Law as a separate, board-certified specialty – we are not casual observers.As a result, we recognize that trademarks (and federal trademark registrations) might more properly be characterized by distinctiveness, by the ability to set one’s goods and services apart from others’. In an effort to accentuate this positive aspect of Trademark Law, here’s a look back at ten years of memorable trademarks registered at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

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MacCord’s List: IP News & Notices From Art MacCord

Art MacCord is a patent attorney with 40 years of experience. He keeps an eye on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Copyright Office for new rules and practice tips of interest to intellectual property attorneys. Find his latest updates here:

NCBA IPL Section Blog News Blasts for December 31, 2019

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office releases policy statement on standards-essential patents subject to voluntary F/RAND commitments
https://www.uspto.gov/about-us/news-updates/us-patent-and-trademark-office-releases-policy-statement-standards-essential

National Patent Application Drafting Competition sign-up extended to Jan. 14
https://www.uspto.gov/about-us/news-updates/national-patent-application-drafting-competition-sign-closing-dec-15

MacCord’s List: IP News & Notices From Art MacCord

Art MacCord is a patent attorney with 40 years of experience. He keeps an eye on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Copyright Office for new rules and practice tips of interest to intellectual property attorneys. Find his latest updates here:

NCBA IPL Section Blog News Blasts for December 3, 2019

Updated Legal Framework for Patent Electronic System
https://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/com/sol/og/2019/week47/TOC.htm#ref9

Changes to Requirements for Orthodox Crop Seed Deposits at the Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA) at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
https://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/com/sol/og/2019/week47/TOC.htm#ref10

Patent Public Advisory Committee Annual Report 2019
https://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/com/sol/og/2019/week48/2019PPACAnnualReport.pdf

Trademark Public Advisory Committee Annual Report 2019
https://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/com/sol/og/2019/week48/2019TPACAnnualReport.pdf

America Invents Act (AIA) Trial Practice Guide (second edition)
https://www.uspto.gov/about-us/news-updates/consolidated-trial-practice-guide-november-2019