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  • This presentation will cover issues relating to professional responsibility and practice before the USPTO in patent and trademarks. Office . . . of Enrollment & Discipline (OED) Director Will Covey will discuss select OED programs and governing regulations as well as case law and hypothetical scenarios relating to ethics and practice before the USPTO. Speaker: Will Covey, Deputy General Counsel and Director, Office of Enrollment & Discipline (OED) As Deputy General Counsel and Director for the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED), Will Covey is responsible for ensuring that the nation’s patent attorneys and agents are of good moral character and sufficiently knowledgeable to practice before the USPTO. Mr. Covey’s team of attorneys and other professionals develop and administer a registration examination designed to measure applicants’ knowledge of patent law and practice. Successful applicants are registered to practice by OED. In addition, OED investigates complaints of unethical conduct made against individuals practicing patent or trademark law before the USPTO. Mr. Covey has held a number of key positions in the USPTO, including acting general counsel and deputy general counsel for the Office of General Law. Mr. Covey was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2007. Mr. Covey received his undergraduate degree from Fordham University (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and earned his J.D. from Fordham University Law School in 1991. He graduated from Harvard University’s JFK School of Government (Senior Executive Fellowship) in 2005 and the U.S. Army War College with an M.S. (Strategic Studies) in 2010. Prior to joining the USPTO in 2000, Mr. Covey was a special assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. He also served on active duty in the Pentagon. He is currently a senior officer in the Army Reserve assigned to the Office of the Army Judge Advocate General. He completed combat tours in Iraq (2007) and Afghanistan (2011) and served as deputy legal counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


  • What is the role of innovation in high technology start ups? What strategies are most relevant to promote sustainable innovation and IP . . . successes in these industries? Are there lessons to be learned from industry players who have worked in building some of the most dynamic high technology start ups in specific sectors? In this webinar, speakers will talk about what sustainable innovation in high technology start up mean in their field, how best to promote a culture of innovation in the industry, and challenges and opportunities for long term growth in the sector. Learning outcomes: Getting from the ground up: where do you go from the idea stage? The role (if any) that intellectual property plays in early stage start ups The relationship between university start ups and industry players How innovative partnerships can be built between high technology start ups and other industries/sectors Speakers: Gary Brock, University of Waterloo – Waterloo Commercialization Office, Director of Strategic Initiatives Ramesh Kesanupalli, CEO-Digital Trust, Co-founder – DID Alliance Founder – The Fido Alliance Abbie Barbir, Co-founder, DidAlliance, Senior Security Advisor – CVS Global Information Security, Inventor and Consultant

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  • By John Paul, Brian Kacedon, Cecilia Sanabria, Clara N. Jimenez and Patrick Rodgers     Edited by John Paul, Brian Kacedon, Cecilia…

  • Transfer of Trademark Ownership Was Not Undone by a Subsequent Agreement Concerning Patents and Know-How By John Paul, Brian Kacedon,…

  • The attorney-client privilege and attorney work-product doctrine may prevent an adverse party from obtaining documents related to patent analysis conducted…

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