March 16, 2017

8th Annual IP Symposium – Starts Two Weeks from Today!

With a great group of speakers presenting on topics that are relevant to your practice, you won’t want to miss the 8th Annual IP Symposium on March 30-31 at the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale!

Getting 12.5 CLE hours, including 1.0 hours for Technology, is just icing on the IP cake!

To reserve one of the limited number of rooms, call the Sonesta directly at (954) 315-1460 and use the code 0329FLABAR

A Special Thank You to Our Symposium Sponsors, Keegan & Donato Consulting LLC, Cozen O’Connor and Cherry Bekaert LLP

See you there!

March 1, 2017

A Message from the USPTO Patent Pro Bono Program

Greetings from the Patent Pro Bono Program!

Patent practitioners are uniquely positioned to help financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses file and prosecute patent applications.   Here is the Pro Bono Flyer that describes the Patent Pro Bono Program in more detail.

Matches are made by local patent pro bono programs.  The local programs screen applicants using criteria that include: (1) household income; (2) knowledge of the patent system, and (3) possession of an actual invention (not merely an idea).

Here in Florida, you can volunteer through the Florida Institute’s FloBono® Program.  Please see www.uspto.gov/probonopatents or http://www.florida-institute.com/FloBono for more information.

As an update to our previous message last year, we are happy to announce a certificate to recognize practitioners who provide at least 50 hours of patent pro bono service to their local pro bono program during calendar year 2017.  The personalized certificates will be signed by Commissioner of Patents Andrew Hirshfeld and William Covey, Director for the Office of Enrollment and Discipline.  In addition, the names of the practitioners will be posted on the USPTO website.  We hope that your membership will take advantage of this opportunity.

Looking for Speakers for  Your Patent Bar Group?

We also welcome the opportunity to speak to your members about the Program at one of your meetings.  Our presentation can include 1 hour of ethics CLE credit when demand is sufficient.  Also, a USPTO representative will be in the Fort Lauderdale/Boca Raton area on March 15 and would be available to briefly discuss the Patent Pro Bono Program upon request.   Please email grant.corboy@uspto.gov if interested.

Please feel free to contact the Chief Operating Officer of the Florida Institute, Jane Teague, at jane.teague@florida-institute.com.  Also, feel free to contact us with any questions.  Together we can make the Patent Pro Bono Program a lasting success!

 

Thank you,

The USPTO Patent Pro Bono Team

Grant Corboy
Staff Attorney – Patent Pro Bono Program Administrator
Office of Enrollment and Discipline
Madison West RM 7D20
United States Patent & Trademark Office
(571) 270-3102
Grant.corboy@uspto.gov

www.uspto.gov/probonopatents

 

 

 

 

February 26, 2017

Life Technologies (SCOTUS) – No Patent Infringement under §271(f)(1) For Supplying a Single Component for Manufacture Abroad

On Thursday the SCOTUS issued its opinion in Life Technologies Corp. v Promega Corp.  Below is an excerpt from the Court’s Syllabus, and the full opinion is attached here 14-1538_p8k0

 

Congress enacted §271(f) …to fill a gap in the enforceability of patent rights by reaching components that are manufactured in the United States but assembled overseas. Consistent with Congress’s intent, a supplier may be liable under §271(f)(1) for supplying from the United States all or a substantial portion of the components of the invention or under §271(f)(2) for supplying a single component if it is especially made or especially adapted for use in the invention and not a staple article or commodity.

But, as here, when a product is made abroad and all components but a single commodity article are supplied from abroad, the activity is outside the statute’s scope.

February 24, 2017

8th Annual IP Symposium – Two Weeks from Today!

With a great group of speakers presenting on topics that are relevant to your practice, you won’t want to miss the 8th Annual IP Symposium on March 30-31 at the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale!

Getting 12.5 CLE hours is just icing on the IP cake!

To reserve one of the limited number of rooms, call the Sonesta directly at (954) 315-1460 and use the code 0329FLABAR

A Special Thank You to Our Symposium Sponsors, Keegan & Donato Consulting LLC, Cozen O’Connor and Cherry Bekaert LLP

See you there!

February 23, 2017

You Are Now Connecting to Work Remotely: Is Your Cybersecurity Up to the Task?

Thanks to our own Second Vice Chair Terry Sanks for sharing an article that he co-authored for the INTA blog titled You Are Now Connecting to Work Remotely: Is Your Cybersecurity Up to the Task?

As lawyers, we are high value targets for cyber-criminals due to the wealth of confidential information in our files.  The article addresses the security issues inherent in our (and our clients’) ever-increasing use of mobile devices.

A link can be found here.