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PURPOSE & OBJECTIVES

   

UPCOMING IPC MEETINGS:

12 December 2014
13 February 2015

LOCATION:
2001 L Street NW
Suite 700
WDC 20036

NEXT IP Pros MEETING:
TBD

LOCATION:
2001 L Street, NW
Suite 700
WDC 20036

The Intellectual Property Committee (IPC) promotes IP issues of importance to the IEEE U.S. membership (engineers, faculty, scientists, inventors, tech workforce, entrepreneurs, etc.). The issues include protection of patents, trademarks, and copyrights; and issues that encompass IP rights in fast moving technology, technology transfer, and U.S. competitiveness & innovation. The IPC prepares position statements, drafts legislation, files amici curiae with the US Supreme court, and delivers expert testimony before the U.S. Congress & the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

At times, the IPC is called upon to offer advice to the U.S. Copyright Office, Office of Science and Technology Policy, the United States Trade Representative Office, and to the Office of the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust issues.

All IPC-developed positions represent a consensus of a diverse group of engineers, scientists, technologists and patent attorneys.


IEEE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROFESSIONALS (IP Pros) (webpage)

With financial support from IEEE's R1-R6 Membership Initiative, IEEE-USA launched the Intellectual Property Professionals in 2011 as a resource for IEEE members who are working in the United States as intellectual property professionals - including inventors and patent attorneys - as well as those IEEE members who work regularly with intellectual property, including academics, and business owners and managers.

Many of the individuals participating in the IP Pros are also active members of the IPC. For a listing of upcoming events of the IEEE IP Professionals, please visit the "EVENTS" section of the webpage.

Contact:
Keith Grzelak, Chair, IEEE IP Professionals and Principal, Wells St. John P.S., Spokane, WA
Scott Michael Lis, IPC Liasion to the IP Pros, Grand Rapids, MI


INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY POLICY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

The committee meets approximately four times a year in Washington, DC.  Additionally, other IEEE members serve as corresponding members of the IPC and assist with drafting position statements, amicus briefs, and all communications with policy makers.

2014 IPC Members:

Co-Chairs:
Adam Mossoff, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA
Keith Grzelak, Past VP-IEEE-USA Government Relations Council, Spokane, WA
Vice-Chair: Maura Moran, Chelmsford, MA

Members:
Jonathan Band, Washington, D.C.
David E. Boundy, Cantor Fitzgerald LP, Boston, MA
Kirk A. Damman, Lewis, Rice & Fingersh, L.C. St. Louis, MO
Oliver Edwards, Law Office of Oliver Edwards LLC, Silver Spring, MD
Frampton Ellis, Arlington, VA
Lee Felsenstein, Fonly LLC, Palo Alto, CA
Daniel Fisher, Fisher Technology Law PLLC, Fairfax, VA
Adam Goldberg, AGP, LLC, Washington, DC
Bruce Hayden, Dillon, CO
Jonathan T. Kaplan, Kaplan IP Law, PLLC, Camas, WA
Chris Katopis, Washington, DC
Ron D. Katznelson, Ph.D., Bi-Level Technologies, Encinitas, CA
Orin Laney, Mountain View, CA
Scott Michael Lis, Grand Rapids, MI
Maura K. Moran, Attorney at Law Offices of Maura K. Moran, Sudbury, MA
Tony Petro, Meyertons, Hood, Kivlin, Kowert & Goetzel, P.C., Austin, TX
Karen Oster, Law Office of Karen Dana Oster, LLC, Lake Oswego, OR
David Ostfeld, Strasburger & Price, LLP, Houston, TX
Gary Pisner, Fairfax, VA
Owen Rubin, Oakland, CA
Robert G. Sterne, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, Washington, DC
Glenn S. Tenney, San Mateo, CA
George T. Willingmyre, P.E., GTW Associates, Spencerville, MD

Staff:
Erica Wissolik, IEEE-USA, Washington, DC


LEGISLATION

113th CONGRESS 1st Session LEGISLATION

AMICUS CURIAE

Amicus Curiae Brief Filed With the U.S. Supreme Court in the CLS v. Alice Case Concerning the Patentability of Computer-Implemented Inventions (January 2014)

Amicus Curiae Brief Before the U.S. Supreme Court in Alice v. CLS (October 2013)

Amicus Curiae Brief Before the U.S. Supreme Court in Hyatt vs. Kappos on the Question of Inventor's Due Process Rights in Sec. 145 Appeals to PTO Patent Adjudications

Amicus Curiae Brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court by Dr. Lee Hollaar (author) and IEEE-USA in the In Re Bilski process patent case.

JAN 2010 What Does the Bilski Hearing Tell Us?, Today's Engineer, by IPC member Nate Bailey and Jill Browning

INDUCE Act Materials & MGM v. Grokster, Supreme Court Case No. 04-480

Festo Amicus Materials

Blizzard v. Internet Gateway, 2005 - IEEE-USA seeks to protect right to reverse engineer for interoperability in amicus brief filed in 8th Circuit Court of Appeals

NATIONAL INVENTOR'S HALL of FAME

The National Inventors Hall of Fame™ honors the women and men responsible for the great technological advances that make human, social and economic progress possible. Each year, the Selection Committee - including representatives of IEEE - of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation selects inventors for induction. Their peers and the public nominate Individuals for selection. The 2012 IEEE representative to the Selection Committee is Murty Polavarapu.

Collegiate Inventors: The Hall of Fame also awards collegiate inventors for their contributions. The program - presented in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office - is designed to recognize, honor and encourage innovators at the early stages of their careers, and is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are (or have recently been) enrolled in a college or university in the United States or Canada.  Since its inception in 1990, the Competition has awarded over $1 million to young innovators, working alone or in teams, for their outstanding contributions to society and for their innovative work in discovering breakthroughs and solving engineering and scientific challenges.  Past winning inventions and inventors have ranged from biotech to nanotech, from chemical engineering to electrical engineering and from robotics to optics.


IEEE's PRINCIPLES OF SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING

17 July 2012 - IEEE Announces Next Steps in its Open Access Strategy

In 2007, IEEE's leadership engaged in a series of strategic discussions related to the IEEE Envisioned Future. The IEEE Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB), and in particular its Strategic Planning Committee, focused their efforts on challenges in the scholarly publishing field. To provide a framework for discussing solutions to those challenges, PSPB drafted IEEE's Principles of Scholarly Publishing. The IEEE Board of Directors reviewed and adopted the principles in November 2007.


EMPLOYEE INVENTORS

JUN 2008 Today's Engineer article, "What You Need to Know about Pre-Assignment Agreements to Protect Your Intellectual Property"

NOV 2005 The IPC approved draft legislation that would establish limits for employment agreements clarifying what intellectual property created by an employee can be claimed by the company and what belongs to the employee. Text of draft legislation.

Intellectual Property & The Employee Engineer by Orin Laney


IPC CONGRESSIONAL and EXECUTIVE TESTIMONY & LETTERS

Legislative Archives


WEB RESOURCES

IP-Related U.S. Government Websites and Documents
IP-Related Organizations
Other Websites/Organizations of Interest

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