- In this week's Coalition Update: Link (Members Only)
From the House -
- Big meeting about the ITC entitled "The International Trade Commission and Patent Disputes". For those of you living under a rock, the ITC is where (in layman's terms) you go to stop the importation of goods into the United States. In other words, this is the big stick in patent litigation; particularly if the goods are manufactured overseas and shipped to the US (did someone say smartphones). Meeting notes are on our site: Link (Members Only).
- Foreign Affairs Committee also held a meeting that discussed Intellectual Property Rights.
From the USPTO -
- Detroit Office is officially open for business. Four more non-Alexandria locations have been announced as well. (Off topic: I've been told that the Detroit office will have two to four terminals hosting EAST for the public. No verification yet, but perhaps a member could report in from Michigan. Is it neutered EAST like the PTRCs or the full Monty?)
- Of higher interest: Final rules for preissuance submissions. (Off topic: There is a lot of debate on the likelihood of folks using this procedure. As we get closer to the September 16, 2012 kick-off date, I'll definitely be hoping to have some discussions on the forum since as a search provider the usage will affect my bottom line.)
- Back at the ITC, a bizarre document regarding their workload with relation to NPEs was posted. Plenty of legal blogs have reviewed this document.
- Of interest to our drug manufacturing friends, some decisions were made with regard to "reverse payments". You know how to find out what was said... Read the Coalition summary: Link (Members Only).
- And for those of you wanting to access some of the older updates, here is the full list of Coalition documents: Link (Members only).