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IP news update: a U.S. snapshot Oct-Nov 2013

Published on: 03 December 2013

A lot has been happening in the United States over the past few months in IP. Need to catch up? Here is a brief recap of some hot top stories.

U.S. conferences

The first U.S. Dennemeyer Annual Meeting will be held in Chicago, IL between April 9 – 11, 2014. Experienced guest speakers will be discussing hot topics in counterfeiting, trademarks, patents and software. The conference is free to attend but there is a limited number of seats, so we invite you to reserve your spot today at USannaulmeeting@dennemeyer.com. More detailed information will be released shortly.

  • April 9th, 7pm - : Evening reception at the Willis Tower Skydeck
  • April 10th, 8am - 6pm: Full day of interactive discussions and speakers on IP hot topics
  • April 11th, 8am - 12pm: Software training sessions – we’d be happy to answer your related questions.

Updates: USPTO and gTLD

  • A new permanent West Coast USPTO office has been selected in the San Jose City Hall building, located at 200 East Santa Clara Street. This will be the permanent location for the Silicon Valley satellite office. The press release regarding the opening is here.
  • The Sunrise Period for the first seven new gTLDs from Donuts has been set to: November 26, 2013 to January 24, 2014. The new gTLDs are .bike, .clothing, .guru, .holdings, .plumbing, .singles, and .ventures. To be eligible to register a domain name during the Sunrise Period, you must have registered your trademark(s) with the Trademark Clearinghouse. Need assistance navigating the new gTLDs?  Dennemeyer & Associates’ new Trademark Clearinghouse Service can help.

Innovative collaboration shows results

In April 2013, GE announced a new partnership with Quirky, a crowdsourced product development platform, whereas the Quirky community would have access to several of GE’s patent portfolios relating to communications, optics, printing, and cooling technology. This innovative partnership is already paying off with new products being released to the consumer market in only six months. Read more about the partnership on the IAM Blog, here.

Controversy over well publicized patent study?

Recently in IPWatchdog, an abridged version of the full article  “Questionable science will misguide patent policy” was published by Ron Katznelson (President, Bi-Level Technologies). In this article, Mr. Katznelson points out two “fatal flaws” of the highly publicized Bessen et al.’s article in the “Regulation” magazine titled “Patent Trolls – How NPEs harm innovation.” These flaws Mr. Katznelson brings attention to should be getting as much attention as the original study. We’d love to hear your opinion. Tweet us your thoughts to @Dennemeyer or leave a comment on Facebook.

Read the IPWatchdog article here.