The Future of the USPTO: Progress, Policy, and Patent Reform

The discussion introduced students to USPTO basics and the increasing importance of IP in the global marketplace. The talk also focused on the challenges facing the USPTO and the IP system as well as the myriad programs and projects that the USPTO is implementing to address those challenges. Finally, an update was given on the critical portions of the America Invents Act.

Speaker Azam Khan is Deputy Chief of Staff of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Khan advises the Director of the USPTO on matters related to strategic planning, policy and political issues, and operations. Mr. Khan was a primary drafter of the Agency's 2010-2015 Strategic Plan. He has also served as head speechwriter for the Director and as project lead for the Nationwide Workforce Satellite Office project among others.

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Professor Kwall's Articles Listed Among Most Cited, Top Downloads

Professor Roberta Kwall’s article "Inspiration and Innovation: The Intrinsic Dimension of the Artistic Soul" (Notre Dame Law Review) appears in the recently released list of the most cited IP articles published over the last 10 years. This article and "Author-Stories: Narrative's Implications for Moral Rights and Copyright's Joint Authorship Doctrine" (Southern California Law Review) also are included in SSRN's all-time top 10 download list for Philosophy Research Network: Aesthetic Experience, Judgment, Value.

14th Annual IP Scholars Conference

Professors Joshua Sarnoff and Stefania Fusco participated in the 14th Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference (IPSC) held at Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (BCLT) at the UC Berkeley School of Law on August 7 and 8, 2014.

CIPLIT Hosts Third International IP Scholars Roundtable and Hosier Scholar Lecture

On May 1 and 2, 2014, 22 senior scholars from the United States and various other countries held a roundtable at DePaul on international intellectual property law issues.

Professor Sarnoff Named Edison Scholar

Professor Joshua Sarnoff has been appointed a Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholar for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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