NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE
Volume 49, Issue 1
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President's Message
Author: Rory P. Pheiffer, Nutter McClennen & Fish
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Those who were able to attend our most recent Annual Meeting know an enduring theme over the course of the next year will be “collaboration.” Collaboration both amongst our members and with other organizations in the New England area will be vital to our success in furthering the BPLA’s mission “to provide educational programs and a forum for the interchange of ideas and information concerning patent, trademark, and copyright laws.” During his remarks at the Annual Meeting, Commissioner Drew Hirshfeld highlighted the importance of collaboration. He noted that patent quality typically improves when applicants and examiners collaborate, and the overall system improves when stakeholders collaborate with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (UPSTO), such as by participating in stakeholder outreach partnerships for various technical areas that occur at the USPTO every month. I followed up by noting the IP-appropriate quote by former Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.: “Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.” This philosophy exemplifies the essence of our patent system—share your invention with the world so others can work to improve on your invention for the benefit of all, and, in return, you receive the benefits patent protection affords. Our tradition of coming together each December to attend to the business of our organization and, just as importantly, reconnect with colleagues, clients, and friends, always leaves me reinvigorated about my practice and our storied association. As noted in the opening quote from Henry Ford¹ though, coming together is a beginning; it is the working together, i.e., collaborating, that will ultimately prove whether we are successful over the course of the next year.
“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.”
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Members on the move
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Proposed local patent rule will speed up patent Litigation in D. Mass.
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2017 Writing Competition 2nd Place: Maya Fe Holzhauer
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Going Out of Our Minds for Patent Eligibility
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Announcing the winners of the 2017 Writing Competition
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Community Calendar
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SAVE THE DATE: Boston Patent Law Association Annual Dinner in Honor of the Judiciary
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Job listings
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2017 Writing Competition 1st Place: Notice function of biologic drug patents, by Ying Chen
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2017 Annual Meeting Photos
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BPLA 2018 Annual Writing Competition
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Officers and Board of Governors
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Message from the Editor-in-Chief
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Federal Circuit Decides That State Law Is Preempted By Biosimilar Act In Amgen v. Sandoz
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Revision to the MPEP
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Learning the Ropes of PTAB Depositions
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2017 Writing Competition 2nd Place: Liza Hadley
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