In an email sent to colleagues today at USPTO (November 26), Director Kappos announced that he will be leaving USPTO at the end of January. He wrote:
“It has been an immense privilege to lead the USPTO, our nation’s innovation agency, over the last three and a half years-and it is with deep gratitude for your dedication and hard work that I write to inform you that I will be leaving the Agency around the end of January 2013.”
Director Kappos has brought extraordinarty depth and intelligence to the USPTO, as well as deep experience in Asia where he worked for two years. He will be missed.
On Sept 10, 2012 the USPTO was privileged to host Minister Zhou Bohua and his senior delegation from the State Administrative for Industry and Commerce of China (SAIC) of the People’s Republic of China. Minister Zhou, visited us for about four hours, as part of a stopover en route to a meeting in Brazil. This was likely the first time that a Minister from SAIC has visited USPTO. Continue reading →
On April 11th, Fordham Law School held its first China focused IP Conference, “Understanding China’s New Environment for Intellectual Property”. The program covered a range of issues, from patenting trends, to challenges in design protection, and intellectual property protection challenges for cloud computing in China, with mixed panels of academics, practitioners, judges and government officials from both countries. Continue reading →
Please note a few upcoming events, listed mostly in chronological order:
On February 28, 2012, Paul Jones and Xu Jing will be speaking in the Strafford live phone/web seminar entitled “IP Litigation in China“. The panel will address challenges for IP protection in the Chinese court system.
On March 15, 2012, AmCham China, the United States Information Technology Office (USITO), Fordham University School of Law and the European Chamber of Commerce will host a conference on Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights. The Conference will take place in Beijing. Second Circuit Judge Denny Chin, who is returning to China for the first time since he left as a child, will open the event as the keynote speaker, along with the Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy, Robert Wang. Chief Judge Kong Xiangjun of the IPR Tribunal of the Supreme People’s Court is expected to moderate for Judge Chin. A panel discussion of leading experts, including current and former government officials, academics and corporate IPR leaders will follow. More information here. Continue reading →
Attached is the speech by USPTO Director David Kappos from the joint Fordham/George Washington University conference on IP, innovation and trade issues in China on December 13. USPTO Director Kappos was introduced by CAFC Chief Judge Rader, himself a veteran of Chinese-IP engagement. The speech gives a good summary of hte current state of US IP engagement with China from the perspctive of USPTO including the important work of patent cooperation with SIPO which is handled by USPTO directly.