“BEYOND BOSTON” Some of you may recall the famous “
Bostonian’s View of the World
” posters, in which the world ends at Rte. 128. At the Boston Patent Law Association, however, we like to take a more global view and look beyond 128 . . . and even 495. Indeed, we are always looking for ways that our local intellectual property community can influence the national debate on innovation and intellectual property rights currently taking place in Washington and around the country, particularly in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Congress, and the Supreme Court.
President's Message
To that end, the BPLA recently hosted Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO,
Michelle Lee
, along with other USPTO officials, during
a reception at District Hall in the Seaport district on March 30
. Close to 100 BPLA members attended. The reception was the BPLA’s chance to make its views known to the USTPO, and the assembled crowd certainly did just that, asking Director Lee questions about USPTO policies and practices and, importantly, sharing their frustrations with her regarding those same policies and practices. I got the sense that Director Lee was genuinely concerned and appreciated the feedback. We are, after all, the USPTO “customers,” and Director Lee wants happy customers. Director Lee spoke in particular about
improving patent quality
and
fostering innovation
. Anything we can suggest that will improve quality and innovation will be considered. I thus ask that if you have suggestions that the USPTO should hear, please let us know. The BPLA will continue to make its collective views known so that we can also foster innovation at the national level.
Volume 47, Issue 2
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President's Message by Erik Belt
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Message from the Editor-in-Chief
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Alice: Making Step Two Work
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Grant Submissions and Novelty: A Catch-22 for Startups
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When are Method/Device Hybrid Claims Indefinite?
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Update on the Patent Pro Bono Program of New England and Call For Volunteer Attorneys!
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Saved by the Date? Is Your Pre-AIA Patent Still At Risk for AIA Post Grant Review?
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Index
6th annual Invented Here! Announcement
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BPLA Sponsors the New England Innovation Award Program of Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE)
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Report on the Giles Rich Moot Court Competition
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BPLA Writing Competition Accepting Entries
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Annual Judges' Dinner
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IP Roundtable with Chief Judge Saris
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Significant changes to the rules related to european trademarks ¡v three things you should know
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What/where/when/why/how do I include this sequence in a sequence listing?
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Members on the move
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Member Companies and Firms are Encouraged to Utilize BPLA’s Career Center
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