This Week in Washington IP: U.S.-China Competition, Microelectronic Supply Chains, and Creating a More Inclusive Workplace Culture

Washington IPThis week in Washington IP news, after a hectic week that saw the House take 15 rounds of voting to nominate new Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, both the House and Senate will not be holding any hearings this week. Events to look out for this week include the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office hosting a discussion on how companies can create a more inclusive culture, the Hudson holding a panel discussion on microelectronics in the U.S., and a talk on technological innovation from a former Google CEO hosted by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Tuesday, January 10

Brookings Institution

The future of the US-China competition for human capital

At 10:00 AM on Tuesday, Falk Auditorium, and online webcast

This Brookings Institution panel will discuss China and the United States’ ability to compete and sustain economic growth in the coming years and decades. Some of the topics on the agenda will be science, technology, and workforce development. The panel will be moderated by Jude Blanchette, who will host three panelists Yasheng Huang, Amy Nice, and Matthew Turpin.

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Government Policies for Open Source Software

At 10:00 AM on Tuesday, CSIS Headquarters, and online webcast

According to Synopsys, 97% of software has source code that can be viewed, used, modified, and redistributed under an open license. This talk will discuss how governments and private enterprises have begun to recognize the potential of open-source software as a driver of innovation. The talk will feature Laura Cunningham, President of Open Technology Fund, Allan Friedman, Senior Advisor and Strategist, at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Eugenia Lostri, Fellow of Technology Policy and Law, Shelley McKinley, Chief Legal Officer at GitHub, and Frank Nagle, Assistant Professor at Harvard Business School.

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Promoting a culture of DEIA in the workplace and in inventorship

At 2:30 PM on Tuesday, The University of Minnesota Law School, and online video webinar

This talk by the USPTO discusses what companies and individuals can do to promote a workplace environment that encourages the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. In recent years, many companies have implemented diversity programs, but the panel will ask what companies can do to continue to improve in this area. Hope Shimabuku, Regional Director of the USPTO’s Texas Regional Office, is moderating the event.

Wednesday, January 11

Hudson Institute

Fighting China with Chips: US Microelectronics Supplies during a Trade War

At 10:00 AM on Wednesday, online video webinar

Microelectronics including microchips and semiconductors have become increasingly important to our daily lives and geopolitics. In this talk, Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Bryan Clark will host Neal Anderson of Chemours, Rich Ashooh of LAM Research, and Travis Kelly of the Isola Group to discuss how the microelectronics supply chain can be improved in the U.S.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Technologies of Tomorrow: A Conversation with Eric Schmidt

At 2:30 PM on Wednesday, online video webinar

Carnegie’s President Tino Cuéllar is hosting this talk with former Google CEO and chairman Dr. Eric Schmidt. Schmidt will discuss recent technological innovations including in 3D bioprinting, artificial intelligence, and quantum communications. He will discuss how they can disrupt society and the global order and tackle climate change.

Thursday, January 12

United States Patent and Trademark Office

DOCX filing training

At 1:00 PM on Thursday, online video webinar

Despite the USPTO announcing that it’s again postponing the non-DOCX filing fee to April 3, 2023, the transition to DOCX filing for applications is on the horizon. The delay will give “applicants more time to adjust to filing their patent applications in DOCX format,” according to USPTO Director Kathi Vidal. Experts on the USPTO eCommerce Modernization team will provide a demonstration on how to file an application using this format, and they will answer questions from attendees.


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