Patent Reform in February: Hal Wegner notes “widespread predictions” that Senator Leahy now has enough votes to push the Patent Reform Act through the Senate.
Patent Reform Writeup: Professor Jay Thomas (Georgetown) is also tasked as the IP guy for the Congressional Research Service (CRS). In that capacity, Thomas has taken to explaining some of the pros and cons of the Patent Reform Acts of 2007. (HR 1908; S 1145). [CRS REPORT ON PATENT REFORM] According to Thomas: “The provisions of the proposed legislation would arguably work the most sweeping reforms to the U.S. patent system since the nineteenth century.” Thomas does an excellent job of quickly discussing each proposed reform measure in language as neutral as he can muster.
PCT Seminar: April 25–26 Pierce Law will host its 10th annual Comprehensive PCT Seminar in Concord, NH. Cost is under $400 ($100 for students). Two of the leading PCT Experts Carol Bidwell and David Reed will lead the seminar. [LINK]
Position:Director of the Office of Technology Management and Industry Relations at the University of Missouri. (Join me in Columbia). “The University of Missouri, Columbia (MU) is seeking an innovative, energetic, and experienced individual to serve as Director of the Office of Technology Management and Industry Relations.” [LINK]