Napa Valley Gains GI Status in China

Napa Valley is the first wine region outside of China to be recognized with the Geographic Indication status from the State Administration for Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine. For NV, this provides a pivotal element in consumer protection against wines illegitimately labeled as being from Napa Valley in the Chinese market. Chen Xuemin at the Zhongzi law firm was local counsel. (   AQSIQ recognition is one of two procedures available for protection of geogrpahical indications in China, the other being through recognition as a certification or collective mark through the Chinese trademark office.   Kudos to the Napa Valley Vintners for its diligence over the years.  For more information, see the press release here.

David Kappos to Leave USPTO

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.

Mark Cohen