Indiana University selected to participate in USPTO’s Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the selection of 19 law schools that will join the USPTO’s Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program this fall. Indiana University School of Law was one of five law schools selected to join both the Patent and Trademark portions of the Program.

The participating law school clinical programs provide patent and trademark legal services to independent inventors and small businesses on a pro bono basis. Clinic clients can expect to receive searches and opinions, advice from clinic law students regarding their intellectual property (IP) needs under the supervision of a faculty practitioner, drafting and filing of applications, and representation before the USPTO.

The law school clinical programs possess solid Intellectual Property curricula supporting a participating student’s hands-on learning in the Program; a commitment to networking in the community; comprehensive pro bono services; and excellent case management systems. Students in the patent and/or trademark portions of the Program can expect to draft and file applications and respond to Office Actions.

Click here for the full USPTO announcement and a list of all schools selected to participate in the Certification Pilot Program.

Stories from the Week that Was – 7/1/12-7/7/12

Here are the top stories I followed this week:

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Patent Bullies Can Hit and Run

Defunct copyright troll Righthaven seeks resurrection

Hold Your Flow! Yoga Sequences Not Copyrightable

Drones decimating Taliban in Pakistan

U.S. drone ‘hijackings’ raise security concerns

Charles Carreon drops lawsuit against @TheOatmeal’s Matthew Inman

Facebook Users Hijack Walmart Campaign to Exile Pitbull to Remote Island

Yahoo and Facebook settle patent lawsuit with strategic deal

“Man is a slow, sloppy and brilliant thinker; the machine is fast, accurate and stupid.”  ~William M. Kelly

Stories from the Week that Was – 6/10/12-6/16/12

I spent this week in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. It was my first visit and I have to say the place is top-rate. Some of the best museums you can imagine and the C-SPAN junkie in me was absolutely thrilled to walk inside Congress Hall, location of the first U.S. House and Senate from 1790-1800. But just because I’m out sightseeing doesn’t mean the news stops. Here are the top stories I followed this week:

Indiana finally has its own keyword advertising case

$176 million unmanned drone crashes in Maryland

Twitter Takes a New Approach to Avoid Patent Litigation

The NLRB’s Dos And Don’ts For Employer Social Media Policies

US elections 2012: top 50 Twitter accounts to follow

Downloaders take heed, Indiana’s first BitTorrent download case – CP Productions v. John Doe

These 6 Corporations Control 90% Of The Media In America

Comcast: Don’t “Shake Down” Our Customers

Got another big story from this week that I missed? Leave a comment below.

“He snatched the lightning from the sky and the sceptre from tyrants” – Anne-Robert-Jacques Turgot, speaking of Benjamin Franklin

Stories from the Week that Was – 4/22/12-4/28/12

Stories from the Week that Was - 4/22/12-4/28/12

US says intellectual property supports 40 million jobs

How CISPA will affect us [infographic]

Facebook Signs $550M Patent Deal

Judge Adds #Hashtags To Twitter Ruling

House passes CISPA with a vote of 248 to 168

Social Networking Online Protection Act (#SNOPA) Introduced To Protect Users From Having To Divulge Personal Info

Will ‘emoticon defense’ disprove cyberbullying?

Why Is a Patent Troll in Luxembourg Suing U.S. Public Transit Agencies?

CISPA: Next Steps

“If you value liberty, privacy and the Constitution, then you will vote no on CISPA.” – Congressman Hank Johnson (D-Ga)

 

 

 

Why Is a Patent Troll in Luxembourg Suing U.S. Public Transit Agencies?

An intriguing story of patent litigation and “patent trolls” featuring a Lafayette law firm, Dowell Baker.

“Dowell Baker, a law firm specializing in patent litigation in Lafayette, Indiana, finds companies to target in a couple different ways. The firm’s client, ArrivalStar, holds 34 U.S. patents, all related to the idea of tracking a vehicle in motion and then alerting people, through some communications device, of when it may arrive or whether it’s running late. As you might imagine, many entities – airlines, school buses, freight-tracking services, package-delivery companies – do something quite similar to this. And Dowell Baker believes they’re all infringing on these patents.”

For the full story, follow the link below:

Why Is a Patent Troll in Luxembourg Suing U.S. Public Transit Agencies? – Technology – The Atlantic Cities.

Stories from the Week that Was – 11/27-12/3/11

Stories from the Week that Was – 11/27-12/3/11

USPTO releases 2011 Performance and Accountability Report

Researcher’s Video Shows Secret Software on Millions of Phones Logging Everything

US judge orders hundreds of sites “de-indexed” from Google, Facebook

Governor Brownback apologizes to Emma Sullivan over Twitter tiff

The Copyright Industry – A Century Of Deceit

Teen Tweeter Won’t Apologize To Kansas Governor

US Senate To Vote On Bill That Will Allow The Military To Arrest Americans On American Soil And Hold Them Indefinitely

“As we’ve seen, our constitutional system requires limits on copyright as a way to assure that copyright holders do not too heavily influence the development and distribution of our culture.” -Lawrence Lessig

Symposium at IU-Indy Will Examine New Patent Law

The Intellectual Property Law and Innovation Symposium at Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis on Dec. 2 will focus on recent changes to patent law created by the America Invents Act (AIA).

The Center for Intellectual Property Law and Innovation has assembled a distinguished group to analyze the AIA from a variety of perspectives, focusing on the Act’s implications for the life sciences. Speakers include a legendary patent law jurist, patent reform leaders, chief corporate patent counsel, leading practitioners and scholars, as well as the PTO’s Patent Reform Coordinator.

The event carries 4.5 hours of CLE credit, pending approval. Registration is $125, which includes materials, refreshments and lunch. The event runs from noon to 6 p.m. at the law school, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis. For more information, visit the law school’s website.

Measuring the Impact of Patent Reform on Life Sciences Companies

Kristin Jones, President and CEO of the Indiana Health Industry Forum, has an editorial piece in the latest Indianapolis Business Journal on the impact of the new U.S. patent law on life sciences companies:

For others, this act has been labeled an “innovation killer,” handing over market control to large corporations, driving inventors and potential entrepreneurs back into their labs to toil in secret, and basically halting America’s leadership in research and development.

For Indiana’s life sciences sector, it both raises hopes and creates challenges for continued growth.

For large or small companies, the product development life cycle for a biological therapy comes with a lot of risk. It can take a decade or more and over $1 billion to bring a product to market, and the product can fail at pretty much any point in that process. For the majority of the time in development, a company’s intellectual property is its primary asset.

For larger companies, that risk is spread across multiple products (the company’s pipeline); for smaller companies, everything may depend on the success or failure of a single molecule or protein. Large or small, intellectual property plays a huge role in a life sciences company’s valuation and business strategy.

Check out IBJ.com for the full story.

Stories from the Week that Was – 10/2-10/8/11

Stories from the Week that Was – 10/2-10/8/11

Computer Virus Hits U.S. Drone Fleet

Survival Guide for Citizens in a Revolution

Patent Reform without Congress

Patent Troll Says Anyone Using WiFi Infringes; Won’t Sue Individuals ‘At This Stage

First ‘Official’ Statement from the Occupy Wall Street Movement

“A great trademark is appropriate, dynamic, distinctive, memorable and unique.” – Primo Angeli