Trade Secrets – A Viable Alternative to Patents – IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law. Attorney Peter Toren offers some thoughts on why it’s important to consider Trade Secret as one tool for IP protection.

U.S. Patent Prosecution for Support Staff: A Desk Reference: Rosaleen A. Walsh. I have yet to read this, but it looks interesting. The Amazon description: U.S. Patent Prosecution for Support Staff is a practical desk reference, designed to promote ongoing learning and job proficiency for paralegals and secretaries assisting patent practitioners in submitting filings to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It presents complex filing requirements in an easy-to-follow format, and reduces volumes of information into concise, accessible learning points that will assist both novice and seasoned support staff alike as they work to develop or update the breadth and depth of their knowledge of U.S. patent prosecution. A comprehensive guide, U.S. Patent Prosecution for Support Staff provides a detailed step-by-step guide to the filing requirements for the most frequently filed activities in U.S. patent prosecution, as well as more novel filings. The content includes the most recent provisions of the America Invents Act, the American Invents Act Technical Corrections Bill, and the Patent Law Treaty.

Preliminary Injunctions in China: the Pendulum Has Swung Back! | Kluwer Patent Blog. Author Benjamin Bai, head of Allen & Overy’s China IP practice and a member of the US CERC’s IP Experts Group recently succeeded in obtaining a patent-based preliminary injunction in China, his third in the last year. Here he describes two of the patent PIs and two trade-secret PIs – observing that Chinese courts have changed their posture in a significant and very positive way with regard to preliminary injunctions.

Hearing: U.S.-China Clean Energy Cooperation: Status, Challenges, and Opportunities | U.S.-CHINA. The Senate Commission on US-China Economic and Energy Security Review held a hearing on Friday, April 25, 2014.

The hearing, “U.S.-China Clean Energy Cooperation: Status, Challenges And Opportunities,” although broadly scoped, focused on the US-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC). Intellectual property figured prominently in the testimony of most witnesses.

Video of the entire hearing and links to bios and prepared testimony are here.

Witnesses:

Ms. Leocadia Zak, Director, USTDA;

Dr. Valerie Karplus, Project Director, China Energy and Climate Project, MIT;

Ms. Jane Nakano, Fellow, Energy and National Security Program, CSIS;

The Coal CERC was represented by Dr. Jerry Fletcher, West Virgina University; and

The Vehicles CERC was represented  by Professor Huei Peng, University of Michigan.

Ms. Sarah Forbes, World Resources Inc., where Sarah has been active in building US-China relations in clean energy, including partnerships supporting CERC; and

Professor Joanna Lewis, Georgetown University; whose research focuses on US-China S&T cooperation, specializing on innovative models and IP matters. She was the author of the summary reports of two joint workshops on IP, sponsored by DOE and organized by the CERC Secretariat.

UN Climate Change Report Assesses Options For Technology And IP Policy | Intellectual Property Watch. “The latest United Nations report on climate change offers advice for international and national intellectual property policies relating to climate change mitigation technology. Although strong IP rights may foster green technology development and transfer in developed countries, there is a lack of evidence to support IP strengthening in developing countries, it concludes.”

Do Patents Truly Promote Innovation? – IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law. Attorney and author David Kline (Rembrandts in the Attic, Burning Ships, Great Again) surveys the academic literature to argue the answer is a resounding ‘yes.’

The George Washington Law Symposium on IP. May 6, 2014, Washington, D.C. I would encourage those interested in a good overview of the state of patent law in the US to attend. It’s a low-cost (US$75 registration) opportunity to learn more about, as the site describes:

  • Beginning of a New Era: Post Issuance PTO Proceedings

  • Tips and Trends: Litigating Patent Cases in the Federal Courts

  • ITC: Recent Developments and Current Trends

  • Defensive Strategies: Patent Litigation

 

A Business Tutorial: Four Ways to Stretch Your Patent Budget – IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law.

Protect Your Trade Secrets | CREATe.org. New Report: Trade Secret Theft

CREATe.org joins PwC for the release of a new report: Economic Impact of Trade Secret Theft: A framework for companies to safeguard trade secrets and mitigate potential threats.

The report features essential information for companies concerned about trade secret theft:

An estimate of trade secret theft
A threat assessment on key actors targeting trade secrets
A five-step framework for companies to assess their trade secrets
Future scenarios of drivers making trade secrets more or less secure

The challenge of China as a science and technology superpower | Adam Segal | Science | theguardian.com.