This Week in Washington IP: How to Become an Administrative Patent Judge, A Debate on Cryptocurrency Regulation, and What is the Future of the U.S.-Japan Relationship

washington IPThis week in Washington IP news, the USPTO is hosting an event on becoming an Administrative Patent Judge, and the Brookings Institute is hosting a debate on cryptocurrency regulation.

Monday, December 19

Hudson Institute

Strengthening the US-Japan Alliance: A Conversation with Senator Bill Hagerty

At 10:00 AM on Monday, online video webinar

Former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is hosting this discussion with Senator Bill Hagerty, former U.S. ambassador to Japan, on the strategic interests shared by the United States and Japan. In addition to strategic concerns involving China, the pair will discuss collaboration on science and technology, supply chain concerns, and energy security.

Tuesday, December 20

Brookings Institution

A debate: Should crypto be regulated by the federal government?

At 9:00 AM on Tuesday, online video webinar

In this online event, Peter Conti-Brown of Penn Wharton and a nonresident fellow in Economic Studies will argue for cryptocurrency regulation against Stephen Cecchetti of Brandeis International Business School. The recent bankruptcy of FTX and the arrest of its former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried has thrust cryptocurrency regulation into the mainstream spotlight. The Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy and the Center on Regulation and Markets are hosting the debate.

Wednesday, December 21

Peterson Institute for International Economics

Can free trade agreements improve labor conditions?

At 9:00 AM on Wednesday, online video webinar

Cecilia Malmström, Nonresident Senior Fellow at Peterson, will host this event discussing free trade agreements, labor, sustainable development, and responsible business practices. On the panel will be Kathleen Claussen, Law Professor at Miami University, Karen Curtis, Chief of the Freedom of Association Branch and Deputy Director of International Labor Standards Development at the International Labor Organization, and Madelaine Tuininga, Head of Unit for Trade and Sustainable Development, Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission.

Thursday, December 22

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Learn about applying to become an Administrative Patent Judge

At 12:00 PM on Thursday, online video webinar

The USPTO is hosting this event as the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) is accepting application for an Administrative Patent Judge position.  Acting Deputy Chief Judge Michael Kim is hosting the event and will provide details about the position and its requirements. Also on the panel will be Annette Reimers, Lead Administrative Patent Judge, David Kohut, Lead Administrative Patent Judge, and the Administrative Patent Judges, Murriel Crawford and LiLan Ren.


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