This Week in Washington IP: IPWatchdog’s Life Science Masters 2022, Cybersecurity Efforts at the DHS and Quarterly Update on Chinese IP Law Developments

This Week in Washington IP: IPWatchdog’s Life Science Masters 2022, Cybersecurity Efforts at the DHS and Quarterly Update on Chinese IP Law Developments

Updated: 3 months, 16 days, 6 hours, 52 minutes, 3 seconds ago week in Washington IP news, both houses of Congress remain quiet during regularly scheduled work periods, but IPWatchdog debuts its new headquarters in Ashburn, VA with Life Science Masters 2022 on Monday and Tuesday. In Seoul, South Korea, the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation’s Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance hosts a two-day summit to focus on strengthening strategic ties in innovation economies among member countries. ITIF also hosts an event this week to explore the upcoming COP 27 climate change conference and how stronger innovation policies can lead foreign governments to meeting climate commitments established at this meeting. Elsewhere, the Center for Strategic & International Studies hosts a pair of events taking a look at cybersecurity efforts within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, while the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office hosts a regular quarterly update of recent legislative and case law developments on intellectual property in China.

Monday, October 24

IPWatchdog, Inc.

Life Science Masters™ 2022

At 8:00 AM on Monday through 3:00 PM on Tuesday, IPWatchdog will host IPWatchdog Life Science Masters™ 2022, which will be held at our brand new IPWatchdog Headquarters in Ashburn, VA and will explore the law, politics, and business of life sciences. The two-day program will focus on the intersection of intellectual property law and the biopharmaceutical industry and will feature high-profile speakers from many different realms of the IP world. Learn more here.

Tuesday, October 25 

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 

China IP: Quarterly Legislation and Case Law Update

At 10:00 AM on Tuesday, online video webinar.

On Tuesday morning, the USPTO will host its latest quarterly workshop providing an update to legislation and case law surrounding intellectual property in China, a country that has quickly become very important to American IP owners because of the massive size of that country’s consumer class. This quarterly IP update will feature major case decisions and policy changes from China on forms of IP including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.

New America 

LEO Satellite Constellations: Why Smart Sharing Rules Matter in Space

At 11:45 PM on Tuesday, in-person and online.

Major tech firms including SpaceX and Amazon have developed plans to offer wireless broadband networks by satellites located in low earth orbit (LEO) space. While such satellite constellations could greatly improve access to wireless broadband, they also create concerns about crowded spectrum as well as space debris, as these constellations could include tens of thousands of satellites. This event will feature a discussion on how best to shape LEO satellite policies to ensure safety and spectrum sharing with a panel including Julie Zoller, Head of Global Regulatory Affairs, Amazon’s Project Kuiper; David Goldman, Senior Director of Satellite Policy, SpaceX; Whitney Lohmeyer, Assistant Professor of Engineering, Olin College of Engineering; and Harold Feld, Senior Vice President, Public Knowledge. The event will also feature keynote addresses by Geoffrey Starks, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission; and Nathan Simington, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

SOaR Presents “Joint Voices” Training and IP Education Seminar: Featuring Highlights from the USPTO Midwest Regional Office

At 1:00 PM on Tuesday, online video webinar.

The USPTO’s Stakeholder Offerings and Resources (SOaR) program provides educational workshops that teach basic concepts in IP to entrepreneurs and innovators across the United States. This particular workshop will introduce attendees to the unique resources available at the USPTO’s Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office in Detroit, MI, and gives attendees the opportunity to engage in a question-and-answer session with experts from the Midwest Regional Office.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Trademark Basics Boot Camp, Module 4: Application Requirements

At 2:00 PM on Tuesday, online video webinar.

This workshop, the fourth in the USPTO’s eight-part Trademark Basics Boot Camp series, is designed to teach small business owners and entrepreneurs about the requirements of an initial trademark application for federal registration. Topics covered during this workshop include drawings, identification of goods and services, filing bases, and specimens and ornamentation.

Wednesday, October 26

 Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance

2022 Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance Summit

At 8:00 PM US Eastern on Wednesday in Seoul, South Korea.

The Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance (GTIPA) is a coalition of global policy institutes, led by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), supporting liberalized trade policies and government support of innovation economies. The first day of this two-day GTIPA summit will feature keynote addresses on trade challenges facing the international community by Robert Atkinson, President, ITIF; and Gwangdoo Kim, President, ifs POST. Those keynote remarks will be broadcast live on ITIF’s website. Panel discussions on the first day of the summit will focus on adapting innovation policies to the era of Great Transition, strengthening strategic alliances among GTIPA member countries, addressing supply chain issues that have developed since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and converting economies to cleaner sources of renewable energy. The sole event of the summit’s second and final day is a two-hour roundtable event discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the innovation and entrepreneurship environment in South Korea.

Thursday, October 27

Center for Strategic & International Studies

A Conversation with Chris Inglis and Anne Neuberger

At 10:00 AM on Thursday, online video webinar.

The Biden Administration has taken several actions to help improve the nation’s resilience to cyberattacks, especially those targeting critical energy and transportation infrastructure. In mid-September, the White House announced a cybersecurity grant program established through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to provide up to $1 billion in federal funding to state, local and territorial governments for IT projects addressing cyber risks to their information systems. This CSIS event will feature a discussion on the Biden Administration’s cybersecurity efforts with the Honorable Chris Inglis, National Cyber Director, Executive Office of the President; Anne Neuberger, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology, National Security Council; and James Andrew Lewis, Senior Vice President and Director, Strategic Technologies Program, CSIS.

Information Technology & Innovation Foundation 

Mission Critical: Accelerating Innovation at COP 27

At 12:00 PM on Thursday, online video webinar.

In mid-November, the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 27) will convene to seek new commitments on meeting climate goals from countries that have acceded to the Paris Agreement, including reduced greenhouse gas emissions and financial support for climate change mitigation programs. This event, hosted by ITIF in partnership with the IIT-Delhi School of Public Policy and the Climate Policy Lab at The Fletcher School, will explore ways that stronger innovation policies can help Paris Agreement signatories meet those goals in light of past failures to deliver on commitments from previous conferences. This event will feature a discussion with a panel including Hoyu Chong, Senior Policy Analyst, ITIF; Kelly Sims Gallagher, Academic Dean, Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University; David M. Hart, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Clean Energy Innovation; Amy Myers Jaffe, Research Professor and Managing Director, Climate Policy Lab, The Fletcher School, Tufts University; Zdenka Myslikova, Professor and Postdoctoral Scholar, The Fletcher School, Tufts University; Ambuj Sagar, Professor of Policy Studies, IIT-Delhi School of Public Policy; and moderated by Nicky Dean, Chief Editor, Nature Energy.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

PTAB Inventor Hour – Episode 13

At 12:00 PM on Thursday, online video webinar.

This Thursday, the USPTO will host the 13th episode of the agency’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Inventor Hour, which teaches patent applicants and owners about the basics of ex parte appeals of examiner rejections and America Invents Act (AIA) patent validity trials ongoing at the PTAB. This episode will feature an ex parte appeal case study that demonstrates the importance of proper claim drafting, as well as a discussion with Victoria F. Phillips, Director, Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, American University Washington College of Law.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

The Path to a Patent, Part III: Patent Searching

At 2:00 PM on Thursday, online video webinar.

This workshop, the third in the USPTO’s eight-part Path to a Patent series, is designed to teach prospective patent applicants about the basics of preliminary patent searches. Attendees will be taught how to conduct patent searches using USPTO resources and the suggested Seven-Step Strategy for searches.

Friday, October 28

New America

Public Interest Technology University Network Annual Convening

At 9:00 AM on Friday, online video webinar.

The Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) is a collection of 48 institutes of higher education working to foster the next generation of civic-minded technologists who can apply cutting edge innovation to address societal issues. The first day of this year’s annual PIT-UN convening, hosted by the City University of New York (CUNY), will feature a keynote address by Julian Brave NoiseCat, Vice President of Policy and Strategy, Data for Progress, and Narrative Change Director, The Natural History Museum. The second and final day of this year’s PIT-UN convening will feature closing remarks by Ingrid LaFleur, Founder, Afrofuture Strategies Institute.

Center for Strategic & International Studies 

DHS Cyber Priorities for the Coming Year: A Conversation with Under Secretary Rob Silvers

At 11:00 AM on Friday at CSIS Headquarters, 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for implementing much of the Executive Branch’s strategy on defending the United States from cybersecurity risks. Among DHS’ new initiatives on cybersecurity this year include the establishment of the Cyber Safety Review Board this February, which was created by an executive order from the Biden Administration and will assess significant cyber events in order to discover vulnerabilities to be addressed by the wider security community. This event will feature a fireside chat on DHS’ plans to improve cyber reporting mechanisms with Rob Silvers, Under Secretary for Policy, DHS; and Suzanne Spaulding, Senior Advisor, Homeland Security, International Security Program, CSIS.

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