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  • The Final Transcript: Tips to Make it Count
    by Suzanne Quinson on June 10, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    The transcript is the reason to schedule a court reporter. Read these tips to get the most accurate transcript on time, every time. The post The Final Transcript: Tips to Make it Count appeared first on Planet Depos.

  • Depositions in the United Kingdom Post-Covid
    by Suzanne Quinson on May 25, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    The United Kingdom is open and depositions are scheduling. Get all the details to schedule in-person and remote depositions in the U.K. The post Depositions in the United Kingdom Post-Covid appeared first on Planet Depos.

  • How to Renew your Passport
    by Suzanne Quinson on May 18, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    International travel is taking off! International depositions are scheduling, so renew your passport with these step-by-step instructions. The post How to Renew your Passport appeared first on Planet Depos.

  • International Travel Alert! In-Person Depositions Can Resume in Korea
    by Planet Depos on May 16, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    Korea has made it possible for U.S. attorneys to take in-person depositions again. Here is what you need to know to travel to Korea. The post International Travel Alert! In-Person Depositions Can Resume in Korea appeared first on Planet Depos.

  • Tips to Help You Handle Workplace Stress
    by Suzanne Quinson on May 11, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    Workplace stress is part of the legal world. Here are some tips to help you manage stress and maintain your health! The post Tips to Help You Handle Workplace Stress appeared first on Planet Depos.

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  • Safeguarding the trademark community against fraud with identity verification
    by USPTO on June 30, 2022 at 2:05 pm

    Blog by Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and David Gooder, Commissioner for Trademarks at the USPTO Trademark Terminal. Trademark Regal. Trademark Falcon.Most folks in the trademark community know these names and the havoc they’ve wreaked on legitimate filers, scamming some out of tens of thousands of dollars or hijacking identities to file fraudulent submissions to disadvantage competitors. Their unscrupulous business operations are among the primary reasons why, starting August 6, 2022, the USPTO is taking the important and necessary step of requiring all trademark filers to verify their identities as a condition for filing electronic trademark forms. This initiative, which includes options for both paper and automated identification verification, is key to our comprehensive strategy to protect our trademark customers and the integrity of our trademark register. Initially a voluntary option, our identity verification program started in January 2022 to better serve our legitimate customers and help prevent bad actors from violating our USPTO Rules of Practice and website terms of use. Since 2016, we have seen significant increases in fraudulent trademark filings, as well as in the number of foreign scammers from China, Pakistan, and elsewhere outside the U.S. These scammers fraudulently file improper submissions that include false signatures, false addresses, false claims of use required to obtain and maintain a registration, and false or hijacked U.S. attorney credentials. In fact, in the past seven months alone, the USPTO has sanctioned bad actors responsible for nearly 20,000 invalidly filed applications. During the voluntary period, we received thoughtful feedback and suggestions from stakeholders on ways to improve our automated verification process. We listened, and we have updated our original program to include more options and features for trademark filers—both online and by paper. These options include an online program where, after a customer’s identity is verified through the matching of an uploaded selfie and a copy of their government-issued ID (1:1 matching), the selfie is automatically deleted from the system after 24 hours. Further, if a customer does not want to use the automated 1:1 facial matching option, they can verify their identity via a brief video interview with an online representative. The video will be deleted within thirty days of the interview. We are also continuing to offer the paper process for verification. Filers who already have ID verified USPTO.gov accounts for their patent submissions can use their existing accounts for trademark filings as well.We believe in customer choice and in tools that are equitable and secure. We are gratified that more than 58,000 trademark filers have already chosen to verify their identities through this program. We will continue to listen and learn from all those who believe in preserving an effective and secure trademark register and want to work with us to protect our trademark community. Further, we will soon be issuing a Federal Register Notice that provides additional clarity and context on the user roles required to verify filers’ identities and help maintain a seamless verification process. We welcome stakeholders to visit our ID verification program page to learn more about our program.It is our privilege to serve our nation’s trademark community, and it is a privilege we do not take lightly. As we continue to develop our Register Protection program to get ahead of the problem, we will also continue to do everything in our power to thwart those looking to scam our customers. That includes issuing sanctions orders and listing known bad actors on our website. We also support our trademark customers and those seeking to protect their brands by providing more information on our processes and resources through programs like our Trademark Basics Boot Camp series and in our new Trademark Registration Toolkit. And, of course, by working every day for American business owners. 

  • Celebrating LGBTQ+ Inventors and Entrepreneurs
    by USPTO on June 27, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    Joint blog by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Economic Development Administration (EDA)This month, the U.S. Department of Commerce is celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and paying tribute to the many LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and innovators who help fulfill the promise of America for all.  Below we share the stories of a few leaders in the community and ways in which our agencies are advancing inclusive innovation for the betterment of society.Rothblatt, left, and the team at United Therapeutics’ Organ Manufacturing Group in Manchester, N.H., holding a lung they are able to 3D-print from human collagen fiber grown in genetically modified tobacco plants with the help of Texas A&M University (Photo Courtesy of United Therapeutics).Dr. Martine Rothblatt is an entrepreneur, innovator, lawyer, author, movie producer, and social activist. Faced with daunting challenges throughout her life, Rothblatt learned to push past the idea of the insurmountable. Her long list of accomplishments includes creating and commercializing satellite radio, founding a biotechnology company that seeks to provide an unlimited supply of transplantable organs, setting world records for electric flight, becoming a leading advocate for transgender rights, and delving deep into the future of artificial intelligence (AI) with her work on digital immortality. Rothblatt holds over 80 patents. Learn more in “Persistence is omnipotent,” the USPTO’s Journeys of Innovation story about Rothblatt.Bilenko examines a prototype of Dr. Brainlove, an interactive art car modeled on scans of her own brain. (Photo courtesy of Asako Miyakawa)Scientist Natalia Bilenko develops AI tools that are transparent and usable for anyone. An accomplished inventor, she was named on five patents by age 37. At medical device company Caption Health, she works on employing AI to make ultrasound scanners easier to use. The company’s cutting-edge AI-guided scanner was named one of the “100 Best Inventions of 2021” by Time Magazine. The technology is designed to catch heart problems early and could be particularly helpful for people who live in rural areas far away from experienced cardiologists and ultrasound technicians. Bilenko, whose interests extend to the intersection of AI and art, co-created the world's first interactive exhibit to use real-time brain activity, called Cognitive Technologies, for the San Francisco Exploratorium. As a visible role model in the AI community and an organizer of Queer in AI, Bilenko works to ensure the field welcomes ideas and perspectives from all scientists. Learn more in the USPTO’s Journeys of Innovation story on Bilenko, “Artificial intelligence for all.”The Department of Commerce not only celebrates these entrepreneurs, but also works to support others like them. The USPTO holds a number of events that help advance equity in innovation, including this month’s popular Proud in Innovation series, and has launched new resources such as our inclusive innovation page. These programs and events inspire and encourage inventors and entrepreneurs from all backgrounds to develop their ideas and seek intellectual property protection for them to help enact real change and improve our world.Working with Thrive West Central, the EDA recently capitalized a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) that will provide critical gap financing to LGBTQ+ and other minority-owned small businesses. Among its initiatives, the Intentional Outreach Network undertakes dedicated outreach to the LGBTQ+ community to empower, guide, promote, enhance, connect, and grow LGBTQ+ business leaders and entrepreneurs. Prospective borrowers from underserved populations — including the LGBTQ+ community — or those that commit to employing individuals from these communities, will be prioritized for loans.Expanding opportunity and creating an economy that works for all Americans is central to the Department of Commerce’s mission and strategic plan. The Economic and Development Administration and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are proud to join all Commerce bureaus in celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and recognizing their significant contributions to our nation’s economy, competitiveness, and growth.    Please visit USPTO’s inventor and entrepreneur resources page to learn more about protecting intellectual property. Additional information about EDA’s Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program is available at its website.  

  • Visit the reopened National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum
    by USPTO on June 9, 2022 at 12:19 pm

    Blog by Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTOThe great-granddaughter of inventor Edward Bullard visits the exhibit dedicated to his invention, the hard hat, at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum (Photo courtesy of the National Inventors Hall of Fame)The National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) Museum is now open to the public! Located at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, there is something for everyone inside the storied walls of this tribute to American innovation and ingenuity.Whether you’re looking for an exciting weekend activity for the family, or a fun and educational field trip for students, the NIHF Museum’s broad variety of exhibits does not disappoint.Upon entering the NIHF Museum (perhaps after a quick stop in the gift shop) you’ll see the “Gallery of Icons.” Search through over 600 NIHF inductees using any keyword, or narrow your search by state, university, military branch, or induction year. The 2022 class of inductees are easily spotted as they are illuminated in yellow. To be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, an inventor must hold a U.S. patent, as well as contribute significantly to the nation's welfare and the advancement of science and the useful arts.Step inside a one-of-a-kind 1965/2015 Ford Mustang and see how 50 years of technological innovations have changed the way we interact with our cars. (Photo by Jay Premack/USPTO)You can see and feel the evolution of automotive design and technology from behind the wheel of a car that merges Ford Mustang models from 1965 and 2015. Sponsored by Ford Motor Co., this one-of-a-kind, interactive exhibit showcases 50 years of iconic innovation. Or, discover the value of intellectual property when you visit the “Power of Trademarks” exhibit sponsored by the International Trademark Association (INTA). There is no better way to learn what trademark protection means for the brands you know and trust.Inventor Lonnie Johnson, pictured with an early prototype of the Super Soaker® toy, on display at the NIHF Museum. (Photo courtesy of the National Inventors Hall of Fame)In addition to the classic, long-standing displays, the museum now offers nine fascinating new exhibits that highlight diversity and inclusion in innovation. With a focus on underrepresented communities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), a few of the new exhibits include:• “Breaking Barriers: Honoring Extraordinary Black Inventors”: Developed in collaboration with the Black Inventors Hall of Fame, you will be inspired by the fascinating stories of Inductees such as Thomas Jennings, the first known Black inventor to be awarded a U.S. patent.• “Women in Innovation”: Featuring powerful interviews with women and girls in STEM, this exhibit, created in partnership with Qualcomm, will captivate you with a historic look at breakthroughs and patents of women inventors who changed our world, such as Martha Coston, Maria Telkes, and Marian Croak.• The Super Soaker® Prototype Exhibit: A story of perseverance and dedication, learn about 2022 Inductee Lonnie Johnson, who brought his innovative spirit to an unexpected industry when he created one of the world’s bestselling toys.• “Invention: The Sky Is the Limit”: Follow the action-packed journey of 2022 Inductee Floyd Smith, inventor of the modern parachute. The exhibit features a replica parachute, on display in the Madison atrium at the USPTO headquarters, and an exhilarating virtual skydive.The replica parachute installation at the USPTO honors inventor Floyd Smith. (Photo by Jay Premack/USPTO)The National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum brings invention to life, showcasing everything from world-changing high-tech inventions, to sports and automobile innovations, to best-selling products like the Super Soaker® toy. Through world class exhibits, education programs and materials, it shows us how exciting invention, ingenuity, and entrepreneurship are, and how people from all walks of life can truly change the world for the better. Perhaps above all, it reminds us that we are all born with the innate ability to create and innovate – and that, just maybe, we too can apply that ability to make the world a little bit better for everyone.The NIHF Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET on the first Saturday of the month. Access to the museum is free, and no appointments or tickets are required. If you can’t make it to the museum in person, NIHF offers virtual tours on the museum’s website. The museum gift shop offers souvenirs, books, toys, and USPTO-branded apparel and drinkware.Students explore erupting ice volcanos as part of the 2022 Camp Invention activities. (Photo courtesy of the National Inventors Hall of Fame)And don’t worry, the fun and learning doesn’t stop at the museum! Throughout the year, NIHF offers various programs, tools, and opportunities for students of all ages. As we enter the summer season, Camp Invention is kicking off. Open to students entering grades K-6, this STEM summer camp offers hands-on creative activities designed to inspire students. Throughout the summer, over 2,500 camp programs run nationwide in schools, community centers, and other local facilities. You can even participate with an at-home camp experience, delivered directly to your doorstep.In partnership with the USPTO, the National Inventors Hall of Fame has inspired 2.7 million children, educators, college students, and inventors since 1990, and 264,000 in 2021 alone. NIHF was established in 1973 to honor U.S. patent holders whose inventions created new industries that employ millions of people and helped to stimulate economic growth for our nation and beyond. For any questions about the USPTO’s partnership with NIHF, or to organize a tour or group visit to the museum please contact museum@invent.org.Hope to see you at the museum!

  • PTAB Pro Bono Program: Helping inventors obtain legal counsel for PTAB proceedings
    by USPTO on June 7, 2022 at 3:27 pm

    Blog by Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTOPTAB proceedings at the USPTO (Photos by Jay Premack/USPTO)As Director of America’s innovation agency, I am committed to ensuring that our intellectual property system remains the dynamic engine of economic growth and national prosperity the framers of our Constitution envisioned. We fully recognize that navigating the patent system can be difficult at times, including proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Which is why I’m pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications from qualified inventors for free legal assistance in ex parte appeal proceedings through the PTAB Pro Bono Program.The very definition of pro bono is “for the public good,” and the success of any pro bono program depends on volunteers with a strong, principled commitment to helping others. If you have ex parte appeal experience before the PTAB and a willingness to “pay it forward” by sharing that experience, the PTAB Bar Association could use your help. To get involved, you simply need to complete a short volunteer application.As we noted in our previous announcement about the program, the PTAB Bar Association serves as the national clearinghouse for the PTAB Pro Bono Program. Initially, they will work to match a limited number of qualified inventors seeking ex parte appeal assistance with volunteer practitioners. In the future, we plan to expand the program to match inventors seeking America Invents Act (AIA) trial assistance with volunteer practitioners.To be eligible for pro bono assistance, independent inventors must meet certain requirements. In general, they must demonstrate that they: 1. live in the United States; 2. have a gross household income less than three times the federal poverty guidelines; 3. established micro entity status in the application subject to appeal; 4. applied within one month from the date of the Office Action in which claims have been twice or finally rejected; and5. viewed the required training about the PTAB Pro Bono Program and the ex parte appeal process.If you are an inventor and meet these requirements, you can apply for pro bono assistance by completing our brief inventor application. The availability of pro bono representation depends on a number of factors, including the availability of volunteer practitioners to handle pro bono matters, so we ask for your patience as we get this program off the ground and fully active in service of our nation’s innovation community.We are excited to work with the PTAB Bar Association to increase the availability of free legal assistance to inventors. Check out the PTAB Pro Bono Program webpage for more information. Your feedback about the program is important, and we welcome any comments or suggestions to ptabprobono@uspto.gov. I'll also be talking more about the PTAB Pro Bono Program at an upcoming PTAB Boardside Chat webinar, this Thursday, June 9 from noon to 1 p.m. ET. Additionally, we appreciate your help spreading the word about this new program to help inventors obtain legal counsel for PTAB proceedings. We encourage you to share this program far and wide – we are invested in its success to bring more innovation to impact for all those with dreams of innovation. It’s our job to help make those dreams a reality.

  • Incentivizing and protecting innovation in artificial intelligence and emerging technologies
    by USPTO on June 6, 2022 at 2:04 pm

    AI and Emerging Technologies Partnership: Join upcoming discussions on maximizing innovation’s widespread impactBlog by Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTOArtificial Intelligence (AI) is a transformative technology that impacts our economy and society in exciting ways, including some that have the potential to dramatically affect our day-to-day lives and provide benefits to our social wellbeing, such as using AI to help discover breakthroughs in healthcare and tackle climate change. The USPTO plays an important role in incentivizing innovation in critical technologies such as AI and other emerging technologies (ET) (e.g., quantum computing, synthetic biology, blockchain, precision medicine, and virtual reality), and maximizing these innovations’ widespread impact to enhance our country’s competitiveness, economic prosperity, and national security, and to solve world problems.In recent years, we have actively engaged with our stakeholders on AI and ET, and have had the chance to discuss the importance of intellectual property (IP) rights as an incentive to foster innovation in these critical areas. We have published several reports on AI, gathered feedback through requests for comments, and held several events focused on AI and ET. Our work aligns with and supports the mission of the National AI Initiative to ensure continued U.S. leadership in AI research and development, and addresses some of the recommendations from the Final National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) Report to Congress.To build on these efforts, the USPTO is forming a partnership (AI/ET Partnership) with the AI and ET communities, including, for example, academia, independent inventors, small businesses, industry, other government agencies, nonprofits, and civil society. The AI/ET Partnership will provide an opportunity to bring these stakeholders together to share perspectives, experiences, and insights, and foster opportunities to collaborate on the intersection of intellectual property and AI and ET. Through our AI/ET Partnership, we will continue to gather useful input from the AI and ET innovation communities.That is why, as we recently announced in our Federal Register notice, we will be holding an upcoming series of AI/ET Partnership stakeholder meetings. These public meetings will highlight our AI and ET-related initiatives and will explore various IP policy issues impacted by AI and ET. These meetings will also include discussions on how AI and ET are being leveraged within the USPTO to serve our stakeholders, while fostering public trust by promoting trustworthy and responsible use of these technologies.In the inaugural meeting on June 29, we will have panel discussions on important patent policy issues such as subject matter eligibility, disclosure requirements of AI inventions, and the implications of AI’s increasing role in the inventive process in some fields. We will also discuss the effectiveness of current patent laws and USPTO guidelines that incentivize innovation and investment, and ways in which the patent system could evolve to encourage and protect AI and ET inventions. Speakers will explore data from patent filings and how they inform innovation trends in these critical technology areas.The purpose of these meetings is to hear from the innovation community and to promote greater awareness, openness, and inclusivity on our ongoing and future AI and ET efforts. Our takeaways will shape our future work on AI and ET policy and will inform the broader U.S. government’s approach to AI and ET.Whether you are an independent inventor, small business, or in academia, industry, federal agency, or at a nonprofit, we want to hear your views. We hope you can join us at an upcoming AI/ET Partnership meeting or watch the recordings, which will be available on our AI/ET Partnership webpage. We welcome your feedback at any time and encourage you to email any questions or ideas of topics for discussion at future meetings to aipartnership@uspto.gov.

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  • The Consequences Of The Supreme Court’s Own Cases — See Also
    by Kathryn Rubino on July 5, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    Supreme Court Hoisted By Its Own Petard: Bet they wish there was different Supreme Court jurisprudence about protesting in front of people's houses right about now. The Dobbs Fallout Keeps Getting Worse: Especially if you need cancer treatment. Or Gender-Affirming Care: There doesn’t seem to be an end to the terrible. An Army Of Biglaw Partners Want A Strong Response To Dobbs: Which, same. The post The Consequences Of The Supreme Court’s Own Cases — See Also appeared first on Above the Law.

  • Paying The Premium (Part I)
    by Gaston Kroub on July 5, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    Winning a big verdict in a patent case is a challenge. Getting it affirmed in the Federal Circuit is a near impossibility. The post Paying The Premium (Part I) appeared first on Above the Law.

  • Congress Must Support A Diversified, Multi-Layered Approach To Space Missile Warning
    by CHRISTOPHER STONE - BREAKING DEFENSE on July 5, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    America’s adversaries are developing tools to trick or destroy current missile tracking capabilities. It’s time to get back ahead of the curve, writes Christopher Stone of the Mitchell Institute. The post Congress Must Support A Diversified, Multi-Layered Approach To Space Missile Warning appeared first on Above the Law.

  • These Biglaw Firms Really Sharpened Their Supreme Court Chops
    by Kathryn Rubino on July 5, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    These firms know what they're doing at SCOTUS. The post These Biglaw Firms Really Sharpened Their Supreme Court Chops appeared first on Above the Law.

  • Biotech IPO Freeze Continues As Second Quarter Is Slowest In More Than A Decade
    by FRANK VINLUAN - MEDCITY NEWS on July 5, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Summer weather is heating up but the market for IPOs remains cold. Bausch + Lomb’s successful return to the public markets in the second quarter proved to be an exception as the slowdown in IPO activity reached levels not seen in years. The post Biotech IPO Freeze Continues As Second Quarter Is Slowest In More Than A Decade appeared first on Above the Law.

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