The USPTO has issued a Federal Register “Request for Comments on Methods for Studying the Diversity of Patent Applicants.” Click here to see a copy of the request: 78-72064 – PTO – MethodsStudyDiversityPatentApplicants-ComReq (2)
The December 2 Request for Comment states that the USPTO “is interested in gathering information on approaches for studying the diversity of patent applicants in accordance with research methodology developed as required by the America Invents Act (AIA or Act). To assist in gathering this information, the USPTO invites the public to provide comments on collecting information on the diversity of patent applicants consistent with the AIA.”
The USPTO seeks comments on the following questions:
(1) How and by which methods should the USPTO effectively study patent applicant diversity in accordance with the expressed intent of Congress in Section 29 of the AIA?
(2) Should the USPTO conduct surveys of patent applicants to obtain demographic data such as race, gender, age, and geography, of inventors as a group?
(3) Aside from surveys, how can the USPTO effectively collect personal identifying information about U.S. and non-U.S. patent applicants in order to study applicant diversity through improved data matching, analytics, and studies?
(a) Should the USPTO collect certain personal identifying information about U.S. and non-U.S. patent applicants on a mandatory basis or on a voluntary basis? How would each of these approaches affect the accuracy of the information being provided?
(b) Can USPTO effectively collect personal identifying information from other institutions or organizations about U.S. and non-U.S. patent applicants?
(4) What particular personal identifying information should the USPTO seek (or not seek) in order to more effectively study applicant diversity? Why?
We would appreciate any comments you have to the Request for Comment, including the specific questions (1)-(4) noted above, by January 2nd.
Please send your comments to Shayne O’Reilly at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Debora Plehn-Dujowich at email@example.com.
Also, please let either of us know if you are interested in assisting with this project.
Please join the Women in IP Law Committee’s free* webinar:
Taking Charge of Your Career in Law
December 17, 2013
12:30 – 1:30 pm Eastern
Have you ever thought of starting your own law firm? Would you know where start, what to consider, what the risks are, the rewards, and whether it might be the right path for you? Do you want to improve your rainmaking skills and learn how to build better relationships with your clients and colleagues? Have you thought about how best to create your social media profile?
Our guests will share their experiences and practical insights on these and other topics to help you take charge of your career. In particular, Arlene Neal of Neal Blibo, LLC, and Valerie Mason Davis of The Mason Group Patent Specialists, LLC, will focus on various aspects of starting your own firm after working in law firms and in-house. Hetal Kushwaha of Marks &Clerk Canada will present her thoughts on how to start taking charge of business development. Debora Plehn-Dujowich of Drinker Biddle will focus her presentation on how to best create your own blog and your own social media profile.
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*No CLE credit is available for this webinar.
Arlene Neal, Neal Blibo, LLC
Valerie Mason Davis, The Mason Group Patent Specialists, LLC
Hetal Kushwaha , Marks & Clerk Canada
Debora Plehn-Dujowich, Drinker Biddle
Jessica Ergmann (Moderator), Draeger
Yelena Morozova (Coordinator), Gill Jennings & Every LLP
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A Skills-Based Workshop on Leading Through Persuasive Communication
December 10, 2013 | 11:00—12:00 PM Pacific/2:00—3:00 PM Eastern
This interactive webinar presented by The Fullbridge Program will focus on providing practical advice and skill-building to help in-house counsel, associates and partners alike effectively communicate with and persuade clients and key stakeholders within their organizations. Any professional’s ability to have influence internally and with clients is enhanced – or limited – by his or her ability to communicate effectively. By combining the business communication framework of Top Down Thinking (TDT) with core persuasive communication styles and channels (for instance, the channels of authority, rationality or relationships), participants will gain insight on how to communicate effectively while also drawing on their own inherent persuasive styles. A discussion of the six primary persuasive channels as well as insight on effective inter-generational communication will close the session.
The Fullbridge Program is an innovative business education and professional skills program specifically designed to accelerate practical and theoretical business knowledge and professional skills for lawyers.
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