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Intellectual Property Law

Updates and events from the Intellectual Property Law Section

Save the date for our 46th Annual Intellectual Property Institute: November 3-5, 2022! Read more
Join us for our virtual event "The Patent Office Comes to California" Read more
Join us on July 27 for the 2022 IP and the Internet conference! Read more
The USPTO unveiled a new patent quality metrics webpage which shares the metrics the USPTO uses to gauge patent examination quality with the public. Read more
The USPTO published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the Climate Change Mitigation Pilot Program. Read more
USPTO Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Deputy Director Drew Hirshfeld announced his final day in office will be June 21, capping off a nearly three-decades-long career at America’s Innovation Agency that saw Hirshfeld play an instrumental role in improving key policies shaping America’s intellectual property system. Read more
To reduce pendencies and lower barriers to international patent protection, the USPTO extended its Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program with the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property until June 30, 2027. Read more
The Department of Justice, USPTO and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (the Agencies) announced the withdrawal of the 2019 Policy Statement on Remedies for Standards-Essential Patents Subject to Voluntary F/RAND Commitments (2019 Statement). Read more
The USPTO launched a new Sequence Listing Resource Center (SLRC) to better assist applicants who file patent applications containing nucleotide and/or amino acid sequence disclosures. Read more
To provide more certainty and predictability in proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Kathi Vidal issued updated guidance to the PTAB on permissible uses of applicant admitted prior art (AAPA) in inter partes review proceedings (IPRs) under 35 U.S.C. § 311. Read more

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