Archive | February 2012

USPTO To Host Veteran & Transitioning Member Open House March 2nd

The USPTO is actively seeking veterans and transitioning servicemembers who hold science and engineering degrees to apply for positions as patent examiners.  The USPTO will hold an open house on March 2nd in the USPTO Campus in Alexandria Virginia from 9:00-12:00 noon.  For more information, see the flyer here.


The USPTO expands its call for nominees for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI)

Patent Office Expands Outreach for Innovation Honors
Office Seeks to Build on Previous Successes

Washington, D.C. (2/02/2012) – The Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is expanding its nationwide call for nominees for the 2012 National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI). The Congressionally authorized medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is the country’s highest award for technological achievement.
“We want to honor this nation’s creative geniuses,” said Richard Maulsby, the USPTO’s acting chief communication officer and NMTI program coordinator. “This medal goes to innovators whose talent helps guarantee U.S. leadership in technology across the board.”
Past laureates were awarded the medal for a wide variety of achievements, and the USPTO seeks to build on this diversity in 2012. “There are thousands of U.S. inventors who have produced great ideas. This is an opportunity to recognize them and showcase their work,” said Maulsby.
The medal is awarded annually to individuals, teams (of up to four individuals), companies or divisions of companies for their outstanding contributions to America’s economic, environmental and social well-being. By highlighting the national importance of technological innovation, the medal is also meant to inspire future generations of Americans to prepare for and pursue technical careers to keep the United States at the forefront of global technology and economic leadership.
The USPTO administers the medal program on behalf of the Commerce secretary. Detailed information about the requirements for submitting a nomination, including a nomination form, can be downloaded here All completed nominations must be submitted to the USPTO by 5 p.m. (ET), March 31, 2012.
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Upcoming Free Webinar for AIPLA Women in IP Committee Members on February 28th




Overcoming Client Development Challenges for Women Lawyers

Free Webinar on February 28th 2012 at 12:30 pm EST

Open to all AIPLA Women in IP Committee Members

All lawyers have challenges developing business and clients, whether as firm partners, associates or in-house counsel.   Many of us have similar issues and concerns, yet we may not be comfortable discussing them with others, or know whom to ask or how to ask for help.  This free and unique Webinar will address several of the key challenges that women face.  Instead of a formal presentation, this webinar is designed to be engaging and interactive.  With the help of our facilitator, Stewart Hirsch of Strategic Relationships, a nationally recognized speaker and writer on business/client development topics, and members of the AIPLA Women in IP Law Committee, the webinar will address several business development challenges, including some of the following areas:

 Time and Timing

a.  I am an associate/junior counsel – when should I start doing business development?
b.  My firm emphasizes billable hours and quantity of legal work – where do I find time to do business development?
c.  How should I best utilize my network to develop client relationships?

 Personal Confidence and Reluctance

a.  I am not comfortable asking for business.
b.  I do not like asking for help from others – it is too imposing.
c.  I do not want to be too pushy.
d.  I am from another country and my accent is strong.
e.  What relationships do I need to develop as an in-house lawyer?
f.  My friends are becoming leaders in companies – how do I approach them without being too pushy?
g.  What do I do if I am a member of a team, and I am the only woman?
h.  What do I do if I need to attend a business lunch/dinner or other event alone with my contact who is a man?  Are there issues to be concerned about?


a.  I do not have a budget – do I have to pay for this myself?

b.  How can I convince my firm/organization to invest in me?

c.  Are there alternative approaches to obtaining reimbursement?

 Expertise and Knowledge

a.  I just made partner and my firm expects me to start bringing in business – what should I do?

b.  I do not feel I have enough expertise to sell myself.

c.  How do I find a good mentor for business development?  

 If you have faced any of these issues or are facing them now, this Webinar is for you.  Our facilitator Stewart Hirsch and our peers Baila H. Celedonia (Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.), Maya M. Eckstein (Hunton & Williams, LLP), Maria Eliseeva (Houston Eliseeva, LLP), and Randi L. Karpinia (Motorola Solutions, Inc.) will share their experience, provide tips, and give us food for thought and maybe some answers that will help us be more confident and succeed.  The webinar will be moderated by Debora Plehn-Dujowich (Drinker Biddle, LLP).

 If you would like us to address your personal client/business development challenges, please send your questions to Yelena Morozova ( or Stewart Hirsch ( and we will try to address as many as we can during this program. Your name will be held in confidence.

This free webinar is open to all AIPLA Women in IP Committee Members.  Not a member?  Join now and you will receive an invitation to register for the webinar.  Once you have joined AIPLA make sure to sign up for the Women in IP Committee to be put on our mailing list.

USPTO and National Women’s Business Council Events to Pay Tribute to Women’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship

To celebrate National Women’s Month in March, the USPTO and the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) will hold an event highlighting women inventors. The first event will be held at the USPTO on March 1st, 2012. For more information Click Here!

Webinar announcement and request for sponsors

Please save the date for the next free webinar to be hosted by the Women in IP committee on February 28th at 12:30 pm EST. The speaker will be Stewart M. Hirsch, Esq., Founder and Principal of Strategic Relationships. He will be joined by a panel of women lawyers to discuss Business Development Challenges. Audience members will be encouraged to submit questions ahead of time and during the webinar. Questions may be directed to Yelena Motozova at, Arlene Neal at or to Debora Plehn-Dujowich at
We are also looking for sponsors for the webinar. If you, your firm or employer is interested in sponsoring this or future webinars, please contact Yelena, Arlene or Debora at the emails listed above.
Thank you!