This Week in Washington IP: Thinking Critically About Patent Reports, Innovation in the U.S. Air Force, and Addressing the Data Divide

Washington IPThis week in Washington IP news, former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu offers remarks at a Center for Strategic & International Studies event that provides a critical view of methodologies being employed by reports ranking the most innovative companies or countries. Elsewhere, the American Enterprise Institute looks at modernization efforts at the U.S. Air Force with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., and the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation’s Center for Data Innovation explores pathways towards closing the data divide that prevents equitable

Monday, August 29 

American Enterprise Institute

An (Air) Force to Be Reckoned With: Defense Strategy and Innovation with Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr.

At 10:00 AM on Monday at AEI Auditorium, 1789 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036.

The several branches of the United States’ military are constantly engaged in efforts to modernize their warfighting systems by upgrading to new innovative equipment. The $194 billion fiscal year 2023 budget proposal for both the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Space Force included an additional $1.1 billion over the 2022 appropriations to be used on research, development and evaluation of new systems to replace outdated ground-based nuclear deterrent and long-range bombers. This event features a discussion on the modernization policies of the Air Force with Charles Q. Brown Jr., Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force; and Mackenzie Eaglen, Senior Fellow, AEI. 

Tuesday, August 30 

Center for Strategic & International Studies 

U.S. Technological Leadership and Patents: What Can the Data Tell Us?

At 11:00 AM on Tuesday, online video webinar.

Data analytics firms and policy institutes are constantly releasing reports ranking either nations or organizations, or sometimes both, in terms of innovative capacity as measured by patent filing activity. Just last week, consulting firm GlobalData issued a report ranking the world’s top ten startups predicted to be unicorns based on the strength of those firms’ patent filing activity. However, the methodologies employed for such analyses often vary wildly and can sometimes result in misleading conclusions. This CSIS event, which features opening remarks by Andrei Iancu, Senior Adviser at CSIS, will focus on ways that journalists, policy makers and others should make sense of such reports and think critically about the methodologies employed. The event will also feature a panel including Mark Cohen, Director and Senior Fellow, Berkeley Center of Law and Technology; Dr. Jonathan Putnam, CEO, Competition Dynamics; Dr. Tim Pohlmann, CEO, IPLytics; and moderated by Dr. Kirti Gupta, Senior Adviser, CSIS.

Information Technology & Innovation Foundation 

How Can the United States Address the Data Divide?

At 12:00 PM on Tuesday, online video webinar.

At the same time that the current generation of information technology is capable of providing powerful data analysis to address social and economic issues at the community and individual levels, many of the datasets available to analytics firms and governmental agencies include gaps that can cause policymakers to make decisions that fail to benefit many stakeholders. This event will feature discussion on the recent report by ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation on closing the data divide to create a more equitable U.S. digital economy. Keynote remarks at this event will be given by Denice Ross, U.S. Chief Data Scientist, The White House. Those remarks will be followed by a discussion with a panel including Dominique Harrison, Director of Racial Equity Design and Data Initiative, Citi Ventures Innovation; Traci Morris, Executive Director, American Indian Policy Institute, Arizona State University; Ioana Tanase, Accessibility Program Manager, Microsoft; Chris Wood, Executive Director and Co-Founder, LGBT Tech; and moderated by Gillian Diebold, Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 

Intellectual Property Fundamentals

At 2:00 PM on Tuesday, online video webinar.

This event is for those who are seeking a beginner’s understanding of the basics of intellectual property rights and enforcement. This workshop will cover various forms of IP including patents, trademarks, copyright and trade secrets, the benefits of obtaining IP rights and how those rights can be enforced against infringers. A Spanish language version of this workshop will also be held by the USPTO at noon on Tuesday.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 

Inspire Your Students to Invent – Learn About the Congressional App Challenge

At 6:00 PM on Tuesday, online video webinar.

The Congressional App Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives in partnership with the Internet Education Foundation, gives students in middle school and high school grades an opportunity to learn about computer science by competing against others to build the best computer app. This USPTO workshop is designed to teach K-12 educators about the Congressional App Challenge and how its activities can be folded into a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum. This event will feature a presentation on the app competition by Joe Alessi, Director, Congressional App Challenge.

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2 comments so far.

  • [Avatar for CharlieSeattle]
    September 10, 2022 06:53 pm

    Why is PTAB patent theft not mentioned?

  • [Avatar for Pro Say]
    Pro Say
    August 29, 2022 05:09 pm

    “Inspire Your Students to Invent – Learn About the Congressional App Challenge”

    Students beware: What you’re not going to be told is that — even were you able to obtain a patent to protect your invention — thanks to SCOTUS, the CAFC, Congress, and the Death Squad PTAB, it won’t be worth the paper it’s printed on.

    If, however, you’d like to patent your invention in China, Europe, and most of the world, these countries will welcome you with open arms.

    Now aren’t you glad you’re an American inventor.