Brief mentions of IP stories floating around in the past few weeks that I haven’t addressed elsewhere.
-Two-weeks remain to get a first-to-invent filing date on a new application. Applications filed on or after March 16, 2013 will be subject to the AIA’s first-to-file rules, expanded prior art, and post-grant review. If your docket isn’t angrily breathing down your neck on that date, consider attending the USPTO’s March 15 webinar on the switch to first-to-file. [USPTO AIA Implementation]
-Oral argument in AMP v. Myriad is scheduled for a little more than a month from now on April 15. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has been busy limiting the Federal Circuit’s jurisdiction to hear patent malpractice claims and hearing about exhaustion in the context of self-replicating technology.
-Apple v. Samsung will have to slog through another trial and likely appeal(s), albeit now with the 1.05 Billion in damages slashed to merely several hundred million dollars, after the district court vacated the jury’s award. [Foss Patents]
-Jesus is Lord. . . .and label. [WSJ]
-Managing IP‘s North American shortlist for “IP Thought Leader” (a nice term for “blogger”) includes Courtenay Brinckerhoff, Dennis Crouch, Michael Geist, Eric Goldman, Mark Lemley, Gene Quinn, and myself. Thanks, and congratulations to this very diverse group! [Managing IP North America Awards 2013]
-Speaking of Managing IP, they are just one of several groups hosting various IP-related conferences in the US this Spring. Check out their US Patent Forum on March 19 in DC (registration). USC’s Intellectual Property Institute is March 14 in Beverly Hills (registration). The ABA Annual IP Law Conference is April 3-5 in Arlington VA (registration). The AIPLA Spring Meeting is May 1-3 in Seattle (registration). More reasonably-priced options with CLE include GW’s IP Symposium on May 10 in DC (registration) and mbhb‘s free webinar on Improving the Success of Appeals to the PTAB on March 20 (registration).