Patent Pro Bono Update

Greetings from the Patent Pro Bono Program! The USPTO is excited to introduce a new Achievement Certificate recognizing law firms and corporations that meet cumulative hours of patent pro bono service through their registered patent practitioners. Also, as a result of the great success last year, the USPTO will continue to provide Service Certificates to individual registered patent practitioners who provide at least 50 hours of service in 2018 to their local patent pro bono program. Both certificates will be signed by Commissioner of Patents Andrew Hirshfeld and William Covey, Director for the Office of Enrollment and Discipline. In addition, recipients may choose to be listed on the USPTO website. We hope that your membership will take advantage of these opportunities!

Patent practitioners are uniquely positioned to help financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses file and prosecute patent applications. 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). Your organization’s membership can volunteer through Patent Pro Bono FL – Arts and Business Council of Miami. Please see or for more information.

Please inform your members about these opportunities. We also welcome the opportunity to speak to them about the Program at one of your meetings. Ethics CLE may be available.

Please 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

9th Annual Florida Bar IP Symposium-Powerpoint and Articles from Professor John F. Duffy

Thank you to everyone who attended the subject event April 12-13, 2018. For those of you that requested a copy of Professor Duffy’s Symposium Powerpoint on Patents and the Supreme Court, you can find a copy here: John F. Duffy Presentation April_2018

Also, in his presentation, Professor Duffy referenced three articles on patents, and they can be found at the links below:

The Festo Case and the Return of the Supreme Court to the Bar of Patents, 2002 S. Ct. Rev. 273: The Festo Decision and the Return of the Supreme Court to the Bar

The Federal Circuit in the Shadow of the Solicitor General, 78 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 518 (2010)

Statutory Domain and the Commercial Law of Intellectual Property, 102 Va. L. Rev. 1 (2016)



April 12, 2018 Intellectual Property Committee Meeting Agenda & Minutes

The next IP Committee Meeting will be this Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ the Don Cesar 4:10-5:00 p.m. during the 9th Annual Florida Bar IP Symposium.  Here is a link to download the Agenda for the meeting:Meeting Agenda 2018 IP Symposium

Here is a link to the minutes from the January 18, 2018 meeting: 1/18/18 Committee Mtg Minutes

For those who cannot attend in person, the call-in information for the IP committee meeting is:

Dial-In number: 1-888-376-5050,  Pin: 8670236698

We hope to see all of you at the IP Symposium. There is still time to register. See this link:  2018 IP Symposium Brochure

Our room block at the Don Cesar is sold out, but there are still rooms available a short (1.5 miles) distance away at the Sirata Beach Resort: and the Tradewinds Island Resorts:


REGISTER NOW: 9th Annual Florida Bar IP Symposium, April 12-13, 2018

I would like to personally invite all of you to attend the 9th Annual Florida Bar IP Symposium on April 12-13, 2018 at the DonCesar in St Pete Beach, FL.  Our room block at the Don Cesar is sold out.  Fortunately, there are rooms available only a short (1.5 mile) UBER ride away at the following resorts:
The Sirata Beach Resort, St Pete Beach:
The Tradewinds Island Resorts on St Pete Beach:
We have planned an exciting event.  In addition to having Karyn Temple , the Acting Register of Copyrights and Director of the United States Copyright Office as our lunch speaker on Friday, April 13, 2018, you don’t want to miss our panel titled: “Blurred Lines” and Subconscious Copying-Lessons from the Copyright Infringement Trial (Gaye et al. v. Thicke et al.)– featuring Attorney Richard Busch of King & Ballow, who represented the Gaye family in the lawsuit.
The trial court’s decision in this case was recently affirmed on appeal:
See our IP Symposium brochure for more information: 2018 IP Symposium Brochure
We hope you can join us at the “Pink Palace” for this great event!