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Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act: Under-the-Radar Legislation Worth Knowing About (USPTO to Host Webinar)

President Obama just signed into law the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012, which puts into effect two little-known patent law treaties:
(1) The Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs adopted at Geneva on July 2, 1999; and (2) The Patent Law Treaty

These treaties were ratified by the Senate without opposition and seek to simplify the formal obligations and reduce costs for Americans seeking patent protection outside the United States and for foreigners seeking patent protection in the United States.

Skilled IP attorneys keep abreast of new developments in intellectual property law so they can make available to their clients all of the tools afforded by U.S. and international laws. Cook Alex’s attorneys have been recommending the USPTO’s free upcoming webinar to their clients and colleagues in the IP field.

Here is the webinar information:

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a webinar on Monday, December 16, 2013, to discuss changes to the patent law introduced by the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act. USPTO subject matter experts will discuss application filing provisions; restoration of the right of priority to foreign applications and benefit of provisional applications; and restoration of patent rights. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions as well. The Act becomes effective on December 18, 2013. This webinar will educate patent practitioners on those changes.

What: Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act Webinar
When: Monday, December 16, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
Webinar Access Information:
Event number: 994 201 304
Event password: 123456
Event address for attendees: https://uspto-events.webex.com/uspto-events/onstage/g.php?d=994201304&t=a
Teleconference information Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-479-3208 Access code: 994 201 304
Agency officials will answer questions on provisions of patent law.

Source: http://www.uspto.gov