Bits and Bytes No. 131

  • IP Czar: George Mason visiting professor Victoria Espinel has been selected as the IP Enforcement Coordinator for the Administration – known as the IP Czar. The role will likely be more focused on international trademark and copyright issues rather than patent law issues. Her nomination must be confirmed by the senate. [LINK]
  • DC in DC: Next Thursday (1:30 p.m., October 1), I’ll be the opening speaker in GWU’s IP Speaker Series. My presentation considers the proposed first-to-file legislation and includes a new set of data the (low) frequency that applicant’s attempt to rely on their invention date during prosecution. The talk is open to GWU students, alumni as well as “friends.” Other speakers include Edward Walterscheid (Oct. 27); Zahr Stauffer (Oct. 29); Joseph Miller (Nov. 5); and Chris Cotropia (Nov. 19). [LINK]