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 July 21, 2020

Copyright Office announces its 150th Anniversary Celebration Online, August 5, noon to 1 p.m. Eastern Time
https://locgov.webex.com/mw3300/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=locgov&service=6&rnd=0.6368494839656456&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Flocgov.webex.com%2Fec3300%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26%26%26EMK%3D4832534b00000002a95a208a561b42eef3678ba3621370c92ad2e978f6c55543ece459dcfe3971bd%26siteurl%3Dlocgov%26confViewID%3D162890112486628650%26encryptTicket%3DSDJTSwAAAAItOURJ4WrlIib2ifGoET-eg-HhKGi_cuViLoxkepig0w2%26

USPTO announces COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Program for certain trademark and service mark applications
https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/TM-COVID-19-Prioritized-Examination.pdf

USPTO announces Fast-Track Patent Appeals Pilot Program
https://www.uspto.gov/about-us/news-updates/uspto-announces-fast-track-appeals-pilot-program

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 June 30, 2020

USPTO extends certain CARES Act relief for small and micro entities
https://www.uspto.gov/about-us/news-updates/uspto-extends-certain-cares-act

Read more

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 June 23, 2020

Copyright Office Issues Final Rule to Create Group Registration Option for Short Online Literary Works

https://www.copyright.gov/rulemaking/shortonline-literaryworks/?loclr=eanco

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-06-22/pdf/2020-12041.pdf

Copyright Office Releases Updated Online Edition of Copyright Law of the United States and Related Laws Contained in Title 17 of the United States Code

https://www.copyright.gov/title17/?loclr=eanco

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 May 19, 2020

Copyright Office Releases Report on Section 512 regarding safe harbors for online service providers

https://www.copyright.gov/policy/section512/?loclr=eanco

USPTO launches platform to facilitate connections between patent holders and potential licensees in key technologies

https://developer.uspto.gov/ipmarketplace/search/patents

Providing Pro Bono Services While Practicing Social Distancing Could Not Be Easier

By Anthony P. DeRosa

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect hundreds of thousands of individuals in North Carolina, the need for attorneys to engage in pro bono legal services is even greater than before.  The North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center provides a number of legal resources for pro bono attorneys to ensure that those impacted by COVID-19 have access to appropriate legal services. For those of us who want to provide pro bono services, while still practicing social distancing, Legal Aid of North Carolina and the North Carolina Bar Foundation offer two great programs that allow attorneys to provide remote pro bono services from their own home: Lawyer on the Line and NC Free Legal Answers.

Lawyer on the Line: through Legal Aid of North Carolinas Lawyer on the Line Program, clients receive answers to legal questions over the course of just one or two phone calls, and the advice provided during these calls informs the client’s decision on how to proceed pro se. Lawyer on the Line cases typically take about an hour of the attorney’s time, though it can vary depending on the area of law and complexity of the issue. Attorneys control how often they will receive Lawyer on the Line referrals and their level of involvement in each case.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.