Patently-O Bits & Bytes by Lawrence Higgins

Although in the midst of final exams, Lawrence Higgins was still able to complete this week’s installment of Bits and Bytes – DC

Indiana University Maurer launches Center for IP Research

  • The Center for IP Research just launched and has named Mark Janis as the director of the center. The purpose of the center is support the study of all aspects of IP law and related fields. The center will promote a dialogue on IP law among scholars, judges, policymakers, practitioners and students. The center also has created an online journal titled IP Theory, which can be accessed through the site, or directly at [Link]

2 millionth PCT application filed

  • Qualcomm filed the 2 millionth PCT application near the end of April, marking a significant milestone. The PCT makes it easier for companies and inventors to seek patent rights in multiple countries. A single international patent application under the PCT has legal effect in all 142 countries bound by the treaty. The PCT system, first launched in 1978 and up until recent was mostly used by the US and Europe. However, in recent years Asia has accounted for the largest number of PCT applications. [Link]

Nortel patent bidding update

  • Nortel has set up a database with details about the patents that potential bidders can access after signing an agreement to keep the information confidential. Qualified bidders will be required to submit offers for the patent portfolio by June 13, to participate in the June 20 auction according to the bidding rules. [Link] The next bidder must at least make a $929 million dollar bid, to outbid Google’s $900 million dollar offer. [Link]

Patent Jobs:

  • Ballard Spahr is looking for a patent attorney with 2-5 years of experience to work in their Atlanta office. [Link]
  • Ventana Medical Systems is seeking a patent attorney with at least 8 years of experience. [Link]
  • Klarquist Sparkman is searching for an IP litigation attorney with 1-2 years of experience to work in their Portland office. [Link]
  • University of Notre Dame Law School is seeking a Director of IP and Entrepreneurship Clinic. [Link]

Upcoming Events:

  • The 3rd Annual Corporate IP Counsel Forum will be held May 24-25 in New York. The Corporate IP Counsel Summit is the premier forum to hear about solutions to maximize IP assets, avoid costly litigation, create and maintain efficient infrastructure, fully integrate IP strategies into business plans, prepare for anticipated patent law changes, and much more. Guest speakers include Michael Bishop, Mony Ghose, Mark Costello, Michael Springs, Charles Kwalwasser, and Timothy Wilson. Patently-O readers will receive a $100 discount by using promo code FZA884. [Link]
  • The American Conference Institute (ACI) will hold a Hatch-Waxman Boot Camp July 18-19 in San Diego. ACI’s Hatch-Waxman Boot Camp has been designed to give counsel and advisors to brand name and generic drug critical insights into commercialization and the pre-approval process, and also provide an in-depth review of Hatch-Waxman and other IP basics relative to small molecules and biologics. [Link]
  • American University Washington College of Law will host the first annual Global Congress on Public Interest Intellectual Property August 25-27 in Washington DC. The Global Congress on Public Interest Intellectual Property will serve as a site for the sharing of research, ideas and policy proposals for how international intellectual property law should be constructed to better protect the full range of global public interest concerns. [Link]


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