Patently-O Bits & Bytes by Lawrence Higgins

USPTO Patent Externship

  • The USPTO will be accepting application for their patent externship until February 29. Last year there were about 200 students who participated in the program. The program will last anywhere from 8-10 weeks and is at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to work in the patent field. [Link]

Chisum Patent Academy

  • The Chisum Patent Academy will hold its next Intensive Patent Law Training Seminar in New York City on Feb. 22-24, 2012. Topics to be addressed include the America Invents Act of 2011, recent nonobviousness decisions, inequitable conduct post-Therasense, and the continuing schism in the Federal Circuit over patent claim construction. The Chisum Patent Academy offers what CLE providers and patent bar review courses simply can’t: premium-quality patent law education in a unique seminar-style setting. Co-taught by leading patent law scholars Donald Chisum and Janice Mueller, the intensive three-day seminars are limited to ten (10) participants and conducted in roundtable, interactive style. [Link]

Patent Jobs:

  • Stoel Rives is searching for an associate attorney with 3-5 years of experience in patent prosecution and an EE background to work at their Salt Lake City office. [Link]
  • Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson is seeking a patent attorney with 3-5 years of experience and a background in EE to work at their Oakland office. [Link]
  • Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner is looking for patent attorneys with 2+ years of experience or 5+ years of experience if telecommuting. [Link]
  • Holland & Knight is searching for 2 IP litigation associates with 4-6 years of experience to work at their Boston or Chicago offices. [Link]
  • Howard & Howard is seeking IP associates with 4-8 years of experience of patent prep experience to work at their Royal Oak, Michigan office. [Link]
  • Armstrong Teasdale is looking for patent attorneys with 2-6 years of experience to work in one of their offices. [Link]
  • Pramudji Law Group is searching for a patent agent/attorney/engineer with at least 2 years of patent experience to work at their Houston office. [Link]
  • Shook, Hardy & Bacon is seeking a litigation associate with 3-4 years of litigation experience work in their Kansas City office. [Link]
  • Paul Hastings is searching for a patent litigation associate with a computer science degree and experience with patent litigation to work in their Atlanta office. [Link]
  • Krieg DeVault is looking for an IP associate with 3-7 years of experience to work in their Indianapolis office. [Link]
  • UTC Power is searching for an IP paralegal with 2-4 years of IP experience to work at their South Windsor, Connecticut location. [Link]
  • Fennemore Craig is seeking an experienced patent attorney to work in their Phoenix or Denver office. [Link]
  • Gore Medical Products is searching for an IP technical specialist to work at their Flagstaff location. [Link]
  • Wells St. John PS is looking for a patent attorney with 4+ years of experience in all aspects of IP practice to work at their Spokane office. [Link]
  • Sutherland is seeking a patent associate/agent with 2-5 years of experience and a degree in chemical engineering to work at their Atlanta office. [Link]

Upcoming Events:

  • IBC Legal’s 20th Annual Biotech & Pharmaceutical Patenting Conference 2012 will be held on February 21-22 in Munich, Germany. Get advice and analysis from a diverse team of international life science and IP experts on recent case law and developments, patent filing, patent life cycles, SPCs, patent infringement, EC Bolar implementation and more! Patently-O readers get a 10% discount when registering with this link. [Link]
  • Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP will present a free one-hour CLE webinar, “Patent Reexaminations in Parallel with Litigation,” on February 22, 2012 at 12 noon EST. Joseph E. Shipley will discuss the factors that should be considered in deciding whether to seek reexamination as an alternative or adjunct to litigating patent validity in the federal courts. Topics will include what can and cannot be achieved in reexamination, current statistics on outcome, associated risks and costs, time frames, and reexamination options and alternatives. The upcoming new USPTO procedures–Post-Grant Review and Inter Partes Review–will also be covered. [Link]
  • The 7th Annual Conference on EU Pharma Law & Regulation will be held on February 22-23 in London. The conference will bring together eminent in-house counsel from the world’s largest pharma and biotech companies, top legal practitioners and regulatory experts in an outstanding speaker panel. (Patently-O readers register with PO 10 for a discount). [Link]
  • Maurer School of Law Center for IP Research will hold a CLE Fundamentals of Federal Circuit Advocacy event on February 23. Greg Castanias will lead a discussion of patent appeals before the Federal Circuit. Also appearing: Center for Intellectual Property Research senior advisor Donald Knebel, Prof. Mark D. Janis, and former Federal Circuit clerk Allison Kerndt. [Link]
  • The Florida Bar 3rd Annual IP Law Symposium will be held on March 1-2 on Orlando. The IP Symposium will address recent developments and important issues in IP law, including: Perspectives on the America Invents Act, Copyright Law and the First Sale Doctrine, Third Party Liability in IP, Enforcing IP on the Internet, Latest Developments in Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Law, and Recent Developments at the TTAB. Guest speakers include; Anne Gilson LaLonde, Scott Bain, John Welch, and many others. [Link]
  • Section 101 Gatekeepers: Finding the Patentable Subject Matter Line in a Judicial Sandstorm, webinar will be hosted by AIPLA on March 7. The webinar will be presented by Professor Christopher Holman and attorney Robert H. Fischer. [Link]
  • LES (USA & Canada) 2012 Winter Meeting will be held March 12-14 in Anaheim, CA. The meeting will focus on cutting-edge issues in the high tech space with overlapping content in related industries, including clean tech, nanotech, and medical devices. Featured speakers include Honorable Randall Rader, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; Catherine Casserly, CEO, Creative Commons; and Patrick Ennis, Head of Global Technology, Intellectual Ventures. Patently-O readers save $100 with code PO1. [Link]
  • C5′s 22 Forum on Biotech Patenting conference will take place March 14-15 in Munich, Germany. The conference brings together experienced in-house counsel from both innovator and generic pharma and biotech companies and their expert legal advisors from various jurisdictions across the globe. Session will cover the patentability of gene sequence patents in Europe and the US, current developments on biotech products and patent considerations for bio-deposits, and many other sessions. (Patently-O readers register with PO 10 for a discount). [Link]
  • American Conference Institute’s FDA Boot Camp conference is scheduled for March 20-21 in New York, NY. ACI’s FDA Boot Camp has been designed to give products or patent litigators, as well as patent prosecutors, industry in-house counsel, and life sciences investment and securities experts, a strong working knowledge of core FDA competencies. (Patently-O readers register with PO 200 for a discount). [Link]
  • American Conference Institute’s PTO Procedures Under the America Invents Act conference is scheduled for March 26-27 in New York, NY. This conference will serve as a practical and tactical guide for PTO practice post-Patent Reform. (Patently-O readers register with PO 200 for a discount). [Link]
  • The European Generic Medicines Association is hosting the 10th EGA International Symposium regarding Biosimilar Medicines on April 19-20 in London. Greenblum & Bernstein is providing a pre-symposium workshop on April 19, 2012 titled: Biosimilars In America: IP Strategy and Due Diligence. The workshop will explore the mechanics of the Biologics Act with an emphasis on how the Act relates to the involved intellectual property and how the intellectual property may impact the biosimilar applicant’s strategy for entering the market. [Link]

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