This Week in Washington IP: IPWatchdog Event to Review the State of the PTAB; US Inventor Protests in D.C.; and the House Considers Supply Chain Challenges

Washington IPThis week in Washington IP news, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure is holding a hearing on the state of the country’s supply chains, IPWatchdog is hosting a two-day event on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) at its headquarters, and an educator is sharing his experience implementing IP education as a STEM teacher and his current work with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Monday, January 30

Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

Previewing Secretary Blinken’s China Visit

Senior CSIS China experts are hosting a press briefing in anticipation of Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to China. Blinken is expected to visit Beijing and speak with his counterpart Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang February 5-6. The visit will be a barometer as to how much the U.S.-China relationship has changed in recent months.

Tuesday, January 31


PTAB Masters™ 2023

At 8:00 AM on Tuesday, IPWatchdog Headquarters in Ashburn, VA

The two-day Third Annual Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) Program, presented by IPWatchdog starts on Tuesday and ends at 1:30 on Wednesday. his high-level, interactive, limited enrollment program will be held in person at IPWatchdog Headquarters in Ashburn, VA, minutes from Dulles International Airport. This program is a part of our IPWatchdog Masters™ Series of live and in-person programs and it will be cochaired by Scott McKeown, a renowned PTAB expert and author, and James Carmichael, a former Administrative Patent Judge and one of the most successful patent owner representatives. Join us for discussions on all aspects of the PTAB led by highly experienced practitioners and top thought leaders in the industry. This program will cover all things pertaining to PTAB practice.

US Inventor

Protest Against Darrell Issa as IP Subcommittee Head

US Inventor is calling for inventors and others to join them on Tuesday at the Capitol South Metro Station, near the corner of “C” Street SE and First Street SE, by 9:00am for a rally to voice their opposition to naming Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) as Chair of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee of the Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet this week.

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

One teacher’s story: Integrating invention education and intellectual property in the classroom

At 6:00 PM Tuesday, online video webinar

Reggie Duncan, an alumnus of the USPTO’s National Summer Teacher Institute (NSTI), will share his experience as an educator in STEM. Formerly a math and science teacher for 14 years, Duncan is now an education program specialist at the USPTO’s Office of Education. Participants will also be walked through the NSTI application process for 2023.

Wednesday, February 1

House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure

The State of Transportation Infrastructure and Supply Chain Challenges

At 10:00 AM Wednesday, 2167 Rayburn House Office Building and available online

The Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure is holding its first hearing of the 118th Congress about the challenges facing the U.S. supply chain. The committee members will hear witness testimony from a variety of industry leaders including the CEOs of American Trucking Associations and the Association of American Railroads.

American Enterprise Institute

Neo-Brandeisian Antitrust: Repeating History’s Mistakes

At 4:00 PM on Wednesday, AEI Auditorium

Former Chairmans of the Federal Trade Commission Deborah Platt Majoras and Timothy J. Muris join AEI to discuss the current landscape of U.S. antitrust law and how the Biden Administration’s policies will impact businesses and consumers. The talk will take a historical look at antitrust policy and look at what we can learn from mistakes in the past 40 years.

Thursday, February 2

Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources

Hearing to Examine the Department of Energy’s Implementation of the Infrastructure and Jobs Act

At 10:00 AM Thursday, Room 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building and available online

The Chairman of this Committee Senator Joe Manchin will begin this hearing with opening comments on Infrastructure and Jobs Act, which was passed in 2021. The intention of the legislation was to inject the economy with $550 million of additional spending and create jobs by repairing infrastructure in the country.


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