Patently-O Bits & Bytes by Lawrence Higgins

USPTO news

  • On December 20th the USPTO released its updated website. The new website seems to be more user friendly and the design is more attractive than the previous website design. [Link]
  • The USPTO in cooperation with the Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation (COECI) launched the USPTO Innovation Challenge, a $50,000 prize to develop new algorithms to aid in patent examination. [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]

Student Writing Competition

  • Georgia State University College of Law will hold its first annual Intellectual Property Student Writing Competition in 2012. The GSU Intellectual Property Writing Competition seeks papers addressing legal issues and challenges in the intellectual property field. Winners will have the opportunity to have their paper published in the conference materials for the 2012 Corporate IP Institute (CIPI) and also win a cash prize. [Link]

Evil Twin Debate

  • On November 18, the University of Richmond School of Law hosted the Fifth Annual Evil Twin Debate, featuring Professor Daniel Crane of University of Michigan Law School and Professor Michael Carrier of Rutgers University School of Law at Camden. The video of the event has been posted on YouTube and is very entertaining. [Link]

Patent Jobs:

  • Zagorin O'Brien Graham is seeking patent attorneys with 2+ years of experience and a degree in electrical engineering to work in their Austin, Texas office. [Link]
  • Pioner is searching for IP attorneys with 5-7 years (or more) prior experience in patent prosecution and a background in life sciences to work at their Iowa location. [Link]
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb is seeking an IP Counsel with 5+ years of patent attorney experience and a background in molecular biology or biochemistry to work at their New Jersey location. [Link]
  • Guntin Meles & Gust is looking for patent attorneys with2+ years of patent prep and prosecution experience and a degree in EE or CE to work at their Chicago office (remote locations may be considered). [Link]
  • Steinfl & Bruno is seeking a patent agent with 2-3 years of experience and a degree in EE or related fields to work in their Pasadena, California office. [Link]
  • Klarquist Sparkman is searching for an IP litigation associates with 1-2 years of experience in IP to work at their Portland office. [Link]
  • Klarquist Sparkman is looking for a patent attorney/agent with an advanced degree in organic chemistry and 3+ years of experience to work at their Portland office. [Link]
  • Roberts Mlotkowski Safran & Cole is searching for a patent attorney with 2-4 years of experience and a degree in EE to work at their McLean, Virginia office. [Link]
  • Roberts Mlotkowski Safran & Cole is searching for a patent attorney with 2-4 years of experience and a degree in chemical engineering to work at their McLean, Virginia office. [Link]
  • Clements Bernard is seeking a patent attorney/agent with a degree in electrical/computer engineering to work at their Charlotte office. [Link]
  • Wells St. John is looking for a patent attorney with 4+ years of experience in all aspects of IP to work at their Spokane office. [Link]
  • An IP firm in Northern Virginia is seeking a patent attorney/agent with at least 3 years of experience and a background in semiconductor inventions (telecommuting option). [Link]

Upcoming Events:

  • The American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, Young Lawyers Division, ABA-IPL Young Lawyers Action Group and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education will sponsor a webinar on January 20 at 1 p.m. Eastern time. The webinar, Prosecution Strategies: Tackling USPTO Obviousness Rejections will explore how the KSR standards have been applied in various technology areas and provide guidance for effective avenues of argument based on the technology area. Speakers include: Janet Hendrickson, Gregory Hillyer, Michelle O'Brien, and Zachary Stern. [Link]
  • The American Conference Institute (ACI) The Comprehensive Guide to Patent Reform For Life Science Companies, conference is scheduled for January 31- February 1 in New York. (Patently-O readers register with PO 200 for a discount). [Link]
  • The 7th Annual Conference on EU Pharma Law & Regulation will be held on February 22-23 on 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]

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