Volume 51, Issue 2
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2020 Ⓒ Boston Patent Law Association
SPRING 2020 NEWSLETTER
Volume 51, Issue 2
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By Michael Bergman
President's Message
Message from the Editor-in-Chief

Dear colleagues, Welcome to Spring 2020 Edition of the BPLA Newsletter.  Given the weighty issues that the US and the world have been grappling with since March, it’s hard to believe that it has only been three months since our last issue. In this edition, we have a letter from President Bergman, which address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the pressing issue of racial injustice.  President Bergman also provides a memoriam for former USPTO director Q. Todd Dickenson.
We also have a number of great articles, including an in-depth analysis of the impact of the Supreme Court’s Romag Fasteners decision on trademark damages in the First Circuit, an analysis of Inherency Doctrine after the Federal Circuit’s Hospira decision, a look at the USPTO’s rejection of AI inventorship, a refresher on the USPTO’s e-signature rules, and an article that is both an homage to Gilbert & Sullivan and a review of the Supreme Court’s Allen decision on Sovereign Immunity in copyright.  The USPTO was also kind enough to allow us to reprint an article on its new Legal Experience and Advancement Program (“LEAP”), which has the potential to be of great benefit both for clients and for the development of newer attorneys. And, for those who missed it, we also included a recap of USPTO Director Iancu’s comments from the inaugural event of the BPLA’s 2020 Speaker Series.
Keith Toms Editor-In-Chief
The Supreme Court Upends the First Circuit’s Approach to Recovery of Defendant’s Profits Under the Lanham Act
By Chris Bolinger, Senior IP Counsel, Wolverine World Wide, Inc.
Lessons on Inherency Challenges After Hospira v. Fresenius Kabi USA
By Jonathan B. Roses, Wolf Greenfield
Recap of the BPLA Webinar with USPTO Director Iancu
In Memoriam Q. Todd Dickinson
The Case Law Club’s Virtual Discussion of Hulu v. Sound View Innovations
Diversity Committee Meeting
BPLA Legislative Committee Holds Discussion on COVID-19 IP and Legislative Issues
In-House Committee Activities
Welcome Foreign Associates
The Pirates of Precedence, or How a Modest Copyright Case Could Affect Controversial Supreme Court Cases
By Erik Paul Belt, McCarter & English
By James Coe, Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds
United States Patent Office Finds Artificial Intelligence System Cannot Be An Inventor
PTAB Launches the Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP) for the Next Generation of Patent Practitioners
USPTO Blog
By Yu Lu, Partner, McCarter & English, LLP
Signing Documents Electronically
Community Calendar
Find out about upcoming events
Officers and Board of Governors
Job listings
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Message from the President Michael Bergman
Message from the Editor-in-Chief
Recap of the BPLA Webinar with USPTO Director Iancu
Lessons on Inherency Challenges After Hospira v. Fresenius Kabi USA
PTAB Launches the Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP) for the Next Generation of Patent Practitioners
Signing Documents Electronically
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The Case Law Club’s Virtual Discussion of Hulu v. Sound View Innovations
In Memoriam Q. Todd Dickinson
The Supreme Court Upends the First Circuit’s Approach to Recovery of Defendant’s Profits Under the Lanham Act
United States Patent Office Finds Artificial Intelligence System Cannot Be An Inventor
The Pirates of Precedence, or How a Modest Copyright Case Could Affect Controversial Supreme Court Cases
Diversity Committee Meeting
BPLA Legislative Committee Holds Discussion on COVID-19 IP and Legislative Issues
Community Calendar
Officers and Board of Governors
In-House Committee Activities
Welcome Foreign Associates
Job Listings