Startup Policy Lab — Director of Silicon Valley Patent Office

“So the US Patent Office is opening a branch in Silicon Valley. Finally. And we’d like you to meet the new Director, John Cabeca.

John is on the board for this shindig, so be prepared for a friendly face. Got a burning question and need an expedited answer? Ask John during the Q&A — or anyone else that suits your fancy. There’s no need to reach out to DC, which doesn’t exactly run on Silicon Valley time (burn!).

Snacks and lovely beverages are included. You know we’re watching out for you.

Charles Belle, with Startup Policy Lab, and the HD Patent Meetup Group are hosting this glorious event to introduce the USPTO to Silicon Valley and to help them understand our needs, ideas and concerns.

Get yourselves over here for this rare event. Space is a bit limited as our roommates from the Hacker Dojo are also invited.

See you there!”

Patents for Humanity

“As part of the Obama administration’s initiative to encourage game-changing innovations to solve long-standing development challenges throughout the world, the USPTO launched the Patents for Humanity program in 2012–2013. In its inaugural year, the USPTO recognized sixteen companies, institutions and individuals for their patents in the diverse areas of Medical, Food & Nutrition, Clean Technology and Information Technology.

For 2014, the Patents for Humanity program has been renewed. Entrepreneurs, innovators and companies who deploy patented technologies to address global challenges will be selected in five categories that reflect the President’s development agenda: medicine, nutrition, sanitation, household energy and living standards.”

Program Schedule
11:30 am Registration and networking
Noon Presentations & lunch
• Brief overview of program
• Presentations by last year’s award winners
1:20 pm Panel discussion
2:00 pm Additional networking
Lunch will be provided; an RSVP is required.
St. Clare Room
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
Parking is available for $5 in a nearby parking structure. Your RSVP confirmation e-mail will include directions and parking information.
This program will also be available via webcast.
Registration is required for the live program AND webcast. Register online here. Kindly respond by August 11. Questions? Contact David Kaufman at 415-984-8241

Michelle Lee (via video)
Deputy Director

Edward Elliott
Attorney Advisor, Office of Policy & International Affairs

Steve Katsaros

Glenn H. Sullivan
Managing Partner
Intermark Partners Strategic Management

Carol Mimura
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Intellectual Property & Industry Research Alliances (IPIRA)
University of California, Berkeley

Bob Jacobs
Vice President, Chemistry
Anacor Pharmaceuticals

Gregg Alton (Invited)
Executive Vice President, Corporate and Medical Affairs
Gilead Sciences

Kara Palamountain
Research Assistant Professor; Executive Director, Global Health Initiative (GHI)
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Alden Zecha
CFO & Strategist
Sproxil, Inc.

Monkey Business, A Copyright Issue

Monkey Selfie

“Wildlife photographer David Slater, who was trekking through the Indonesian wilderness in 2011, when a group of monkeys came upon him and his equipment. “At first there was a lot of grimacing with their teeth showing because it was probably the first time they had ever seen a reflection,” Slater said at the time. “They were quite mischievous jumping all over my equipment, and it looked like they were already posing for the camera when one hit the button.”

A crested black macaque snuck off with one of his cameras and took, according to the Telegraph, “hundreds of selfies,” most of which were blurry and unusable. Save for this: the pristine, in-focus beauty of a photograph of the female macaque’s grinning face pictured above, which gave Slater a brief brush with fame and plastered the monkey’s selfie on websites everywhere.”

Read More: FastCompany

PAABA Patent Group: “Recent Supreme Court Decisions Affecting Patent Law”

The US Supreme Court has been very active in the patent arena this term, and has issued several opinions on a broad range of patent issues. Among these is Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, addressing the plurality (not majority) Federal Circuit opinion below. This presentation will focus not only on analysis of that Supreme Court opinion, but also on implications and practice tips for patent practitioners and litigators. There also will be discussion of the Supreme Court opinions in Limelight v Akamai (divided infringement) and Nautilus v Biosig Instruments (indefiniteness standard).

This event is generously sponsored by Kenyon & Kenyon LLP. Lunch will be provided.

Speaker: Frank Bernstein, Kenyon & Kenyon LLP

IP BYTES: Hot Topics in Trademark Law

IP BYTES: Hot Topics in Trademark Law. Topics:
• Adam Brink, The Clorox Company, “Strategic Protection Using Trade Dress and Design Patents”
• Stephen Coates, Twitter, Inc., “Hashtags: Fair Use or Infringement? A Global Perspective”
• Rachel Davidson, K&L Gates LLP, “The Five Commandments of Consumer Surveys”
• D’Lonra Ellis, Gap, Inc., “Injunctive Relief in Trademark Infringement”
• Frank Goldberg, Zynga Inc. “Clearing and Protecting Trademarks in the Entertainment Space that Might Be Viewed as Descriptive of a Product’s ‘Theme'”
• Christine Hsieh, Google Inc., “Balancing Trademark Protection and Fair Use in a Mobile World”
• Lynn H. Humphreys, Morrison & Foerster LLP, “Protecting Brands on the Frontiers of Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)”
• E. Deborah Jay, Field Research Corp., “Millennium Falconry: Navigating the Hyperspace of 21st Century Trademark Surveys”
• Sebastian Kaplan, Fenwick & West LLP, “Considering a Reasonable Royalty as a Measure of Trademark Infringement Damages”
• Betsy Wang Lee, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, “What’s on the Horizon for Canadian Trademark Law?”


US-Korea Law Foundation (“the Foundation”) will offer global education and solution for U.S.-Korea law in partnership with academic legal and business community and also with the government agencies. It is ultimately one of the major goals of the Foundation to establish the comparative study of law and legal system of these two countries as a distinguished academic discipline.

Alice v CLS Bank: Through the Looking Glass, or Through a Glass Darkly?

Software patents – a target for some, a rallying cry for others – have been a focus of debate across all sectors of patent practice, from procurement, to post-grant review, to litigation. The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, affirming the plurality (not majority) Federal Circuit opinion, is the judiciary’s latest contribution to that debate.

This presentation will focus not only on analysis of the Supreme Court opinion, but also on implications and practice tips for patent practitioners and litigators.

IPBC (IP Business Congress)

The IP Business Congress Global (IPBC Global) returns to Europe at a time when far-reaching reforms of the patent system could herald major changes in the continent’s IP marketplace. The introduction of the unitary EU patent and the Unified Patent Court will see the emergence of a single European patent jurisdiction with a population of over 500 million, including three G8 countries.

As the world’s premier event about IP as a business asset, the IPBC Global is the ideal venue at which to discuss what the new EU patent system will mean for monetisation, deal making, financing and other forms of IP value creation – not just for those already based in the region, but also for those looking to establish a presence over the coming years:

Bitcoin in the Beltway

Bitcoin in the Beltway: 2014: Bitcoin is one of the most disruptive, revolutionary, and fascinating technologies ever seen. And Washington, DC will soon play host to one of the most comprehensive conferences on bitcoin to date:

The North American Bitcoin Conference

The North American Bitcoin Conference: Following the success of the European Bitcoin Convention and the North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami, thousands of community members will travel to Chicago, Illinois on July 19th & 20th to discuss the bright future of Bitcoin, the most successful virtual currency in the world: