Whither the Hon. Michelle Kwok Lee: When Will She Leave the PTO?

On April 26, 2017, in Wegner's Writings, by Hal Wegner

Doesn’t the incumbent Director of the PTO have a good shot at staying in her current position, now that the Administration reaches the 100 day mark in office with no indication that she is finished in her position?  100 days and Counting:  The answer may well be that the 100 day mark means little, here, […]

Robert Walter Dudley (†)(1928-2017)

On April 26, 2017, in Wegner's Writings, by Hal Wegner

Bob Dudley was Senior Vice-President and General Counsel of Liquid Carbonic Corporation. He had retired to Naples where he became a resident member of the Bear’s Paw Country Club.  Before joining Liquid Carbonic  Bob had been a patent attorney with the Sunbeam Corporation.  He was a graduate of Northwestern University (B.S. Eng.) and DePaul University Law School. With […]

Securus: “Rational connection” to facts to support Patent Denial

On April 25, 2017, in Wegner's Writings, by Hal Wegner

Today in Securus Technologies, Inc. v. Global Tel*Link Corp. __ Fed. Supp. __ 2nd (Fed. Cir. 2017)(Chen, J.), where the Board failed to provide a proper factual basis for its rejection of certain claims, the Court remanded the case to the PTAB for further proceedings: “[T]he Board ‘must *** articulate a satisfactory explanation *** including […]

Federal Circuit Judge Michelle Kwok Lee? PTO Director Randall Ray Rader? Fantastic!

On April 24, 2017, in Wegner's Writings, by Hal Wegner

A credible source has shed light on the comings and goings of the Hon. Michelle Kwok Lee and the Hon. Randall Ray Rader: Federal Circuit Judge Lee:  PTO Director Lee is on the way out as head of the PTO as evidenced by the fact that the Secretary of Commerce is actively interviewing candidates for her […]

Vishal J. Amin, transitions: The New “IP Czar” Designate

On April 24, 2017, in Wegner's Writings, by Hal Wegner

Congratulations to Vishal J. Amin!  President Trump’s nomination of Amin as his “IP Czar” –more formally the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in the Executive Office of the President – has been greeted with generally very positive reactions from the intellectual property community.  The IP Watchdog’s Contrary  Reaction:  As an asterisk to this otherwise enthusiastic support […]

Foley & Lardner Said to be Considering New York Tie-Up

On April 24, 2017, in Wegner's Writings, by Hal Wegner

Bloomberg, citing the Am Law Daily as its source[FN*], reports that “Foley & Lardner is said to be talking to New York-based Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman about a tie-up that could nearly double the Milwaukee firm’s Manhattan presence.  Last year Foley cut off merger talks with British firm Eversheds, which later ended up merging with Atlanta-based Sutherland Asbill […]

Marylee Jenkins, transitions

On April 22, 2017, in Wegner's Writings, by Hal Wegner

Congratulations to Marylee Jenkins, the new Chair of the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC), following her successful tenure as a member of the PPAC.  Her appointment is well deserved. The pdf version of this note has information about PPAC and the new Chair. JenkinsPPACchairApril22 Regards, Hal

A Statutorily Unqualified Future PTO Head Waiting in the Wings

On April 20, 2017, in Wegner's Writings, by Hal Wegner

The buzz has the Hon. Michelle K. Lee about to leave the PTO.  If this happens, until the naming and confirmation of a successor, the Acting Director would be the statutorily unqualified Mr. Anthony Scardino by virtue of his current position as Deputy Director.  Mr. Scardino is Statutorily unqualified to be Director:  The patent law requires […]

Dr. Michel Morency, transitions

On April 19, 2017, in Wegner's Writings, by Hal Wegner

Congratulations to Dr. Michel Morency who has joined Polsinelli as a shareholder. Dr. Morency had previously been a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP and chair of Foley’s Boston Intellectual Property Department. Congratulations, Mike! Hal  

Hon. Michelle Kwok Lee, Transitions

On April 18, 2017, in Wegner's Writings, by Hal Wegner

For some time, there has been a growing consensus that the incumbent Under Secretary of Commerce in charge of the PTO would be leaving her Agency. The latest indication pointing in this direction is provided today by Politico (as per the Political article included as part of the pdf version of this note). On to the […]

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