We are nearly to the half-way mark on the US tour of Dennemeyer’s Future of IP and Technology Law Forum, for which I am the keynote speaker. The forums in Palo Alto, Los Angeles and Austin were extremely valuable in terms of information sharing, the audiences full of smart and forward-thinking in-house counsel and private practice IP attorneys. We had fun talking through the potential changes to come in our world and what our roles are in shaping the future.
Jay Erstling was honored to accept an invitation to become a Trustee for the Bangladesh Copyright & IP Forum (BCIPF) recently. According to Mr. Kazi Zahin Hasan, Chairman to the Board of Trustees of BCIPF, Jay’s experience and willingness to contribute for the development of the IPR sector will help tremendously in developing the IPR regime in Bangladesh. Read more.
Responding to a Patent Infringement Cease and Desist Letter Competing in today’s business climate is difficult enough without the addition of legal headaches. But legal conflicts are part of modern business and sometimes arise in the form of a cease and desist letter from a patent owner. These letters follow a familiar form where a patent owner identifies the patented invention, claims that your product uses it without permission, and demands that in the very near future you either pay up, stop the activity, or both.
Rest assured, it’s business as usual. Citizens of the UK have voted to leave the European Union (EU), but when it comes to your intellectual property protection, there is no immediate impact.
Jay Erstling Joins as Full-Time Of Counsel Recognizing the increasing need for companies of all sizes to develop a sophisticated global outlook, Patterson Thuente IP has bolstered its international intellectual property services by welcoming Jay Erstling as full-time Of Counsel.
Patterson Thuente IP attorney Jay Erstling is featured in a new book by Richard L. Hermann, Manufacturing Business and the Law: A Guide to the Laws, Regulations, and Careers of the U.S. Manufacturing Revival (ABA Book Publishing). “His career is a remarkable one that demonstrates what an enterprising and determined attorney can dream and achieve.”
May 13, 2015, marked the start of a new option for US applicants seeking to protect industrial designs abroad. On that date, the Hague Agreement, a treaty providing for the international registration of industrial designs, became effective for the US.
The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) makes international patenting worthwhile. Its advantages are many. The PCT enables businesses to apply for patent rights in any number of PCT member countries (there are now 148) by filing a single international application instead of having to file separate applications in every country.
Patenting is no longer the domain of a few wealthy countries; today it is a global affair. In 2012, the latest year for which statistics were available, applicants filed more than 2,567,000 patent applications, and patent offices worldwide granted almost 1,170,000 patents. All told, about 8.6 million patents were in force in 2011. Not only has the patent world expanded, it has also taken a definite turn toward Asia. Among the five countries in which US applicants most frequently file patent applications, China, Japan and Korea come in second, third, and fifth place, respectively (with Europe and Canada coming in first and fourth).