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BPLA Committee Report
NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE
Volume 48, Issue 4
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The BPLA committee chairs this term continue to do phenomenal work, as they have all year long. We have seen incredible amounts of fresh content and an engaged membership actively participating in planning and attending meetings and seminars throughout the year. Likewise, our Amicus committee is active in making sure the BPLA voice has been heard on important issues in intellectual property law.
By the time we convene at the Annual Meeting, our dedicated committee chairs and their committees will have conducted 28 seminars or large events, 22 committee meetings, and 12 case law club meetings. Their efforts have also led to filing four amicus briefs—two each with the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit. That’s 62 programs or meetings plus the four amicus briefs! Because of the varied program content, it affords our members many different opportunities to participate and learn.
Of course, the main event of the BPLA calendar year occurred back in May—the Judges Dinner where we honored Judge Arthur Gajarsa for his years of services at the Federal Circuit and elsewhere. A number of other events that are quickly becoming additional BPLA signature events also occurred in the past few months:
A wide variety of litigation seminars have also occurred over the past few months, including an analysis of the PwC Patent Litigation Study program co-hosted by the Business & Marketplace and Litigation committees, a discussion about venue in view of TC Heartland hosted by the Litigation committee, and the discussion of “pay-for-delay” type cases hosted by the Antitrust committee, which featured Judge Young, among other notables in the field. Those involved in Hatch-Waxman litigations with co-pending PTAB matters likely found the engaging mock trials about such situations hosted by the Biotechnology committee worthwhile. Still further, the Patent Law and Case Law committees collaborated on an enlightening discussion about the legal and economic consequences of the new patent exhaustion doctrine. In addition to planning the PTAB Summit, the Contested Matters committee also hosted a discussion about post-grant amendments at the USPTO—a topic that continues to evolve in view of the recent en banc decision by the Federal Circuit in Aqua Products, Inc. v. Matal. Most recently, President Monica Grewal orchestrated and hosted a fireside/water-view chat with The Honorable Michelle Lee, during which attendees received unparalleled insight into the inner-workings of the PTO and challenges the director faces in running the office, and the Business & Marketplace Committee hosted a lunch during which panelists discussed the keys to developing impactful IP for companies.
The seminar focus has extended beyond litigating and prosecuting patents as well. For example, the Computer Law committee presented a program on open source licenses, and the Ethics committee put together a program about the hottest ethics issues affecting patent practitioners.
On a separate, but related note, the Pro Bono committee recently hosted a luncheon to inform and orient those interested in getting involved in the Patent Pro Bono program. Anybody who was unable to attend but is interested in participating in the Patent Pro Bono program should contact probono@bpla.org.
The Amicus committee submitted two amicus briefs since the last committee update in the spring newsletter. The first was in the Helsinn v. Teva Pharmaceuticals Federal Circuit case, in which the BPLA advocated for a rehearing en banc to provide timely guidance on whether the America Invents Act changed the meaning of “on-sale” under the AIA, which the panel decision left open in its decision. The second was in the Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC Supreme Court case, in which the BPLA advocated that patents are neither purely private nor purely public rights, and that Inter Partes Reviews should be deemed Constitutional.
In the last report, we highlighted that eighteen different committee meetings had occurred. Since May, an additional sixteen were held—six of the Case Law club variety, in which members engage in discussions about recent cases, and ten more across our 25 committees, including a social event with the Medical Devices committee, a beer tasting with the Chemical Practice committee, and both a seminar about document retention practices and a seminar about encouraging innovation with the In-House committee. The beer tasting even came with an informative presentation from John Keyes of Sunstein Kahn about beer, which is available to our members.
In addition to the beer presentation, other materials from a number of the programs, such as the PTAB Summit, are available to our members on the BPLA website (and in some instances to non-members). If you were unable to attend a program but are interested in obtaining the materials from that program, and those materials are not yet available on the BPLA website, please contact the committee chairs associated with that program or me. Likewise, to the extent you want to get involved with a committee, please contact the relevant committee chairs and me. As always, you can find out what events are scheduled to occur by visiting our Community Calendar.

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Index
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Table of Contents
Message from the President Monica Grewal
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The Amendment of Trademark Law in Indonesia
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Deleted Teachings and Incorporation by Reference
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Save the Date: BPLA Annual Meeting
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The Constitutionality of Inter Partes Review Is Before the Supreme Court
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Invented Here! 2017 Recognition Event
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BPLA Committee Report
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Members On The Move
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The Federal Circuit Confirms a Return to Restrictive Patent Venue Requirements
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Officers and Board of Governors
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In memoriam of Stanley Abkowitz
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What Reviving the TTIP Agreement Could Mean for the Future of Geographical Indications
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The use of Applicant Admitted Prior Art in IPR Petitions
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Situations When Written Opinions of Counsel Could Spare You a Patent-Related Headache
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Job Listings
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Community Calendar
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Save the Date: Case Law Committee Meeting
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Message from the Editor-in-Chief
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Proposed BPLA By-law Amendment
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Minutes of the 2016 BPLA Annual Meeting
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The BPLA Files Amicus Curiae Brief in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, et al.
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