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NJIPLA SUPPORTS THE IPO-AIPLA JOINT PROPOSAL TO AMEND SECTION 101 OF THE PATENT ACT ON PATENT ELIGIBLE SUBJECT MATTER.
The Board of Managers of the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association (NJIPLA) unanimously voted to support the IPO-AIPLA joint proposal to amend the definition of patent eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. section 101. In supporting the joint proposal, NJIPLA hopes to advance the discussion to bring greater clarity to eligible subject matter in light of the Supreme Court decisions under Mayo, Myriad and Alice. This issue is important to NJIPLA's bar as it affects investment in medical products and software technologies and whether inventions in those fields are eligible for patent protection.
ABOUT THE NEW JERSEY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW ASSOCIATION (NJIPLA)
The protection of intellectual property including patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights is essential to the progress and promotion of the useful arts. NJIPLA is devoted to educating its members and the public about intellectual property and its protection under the law. NJIPLA includes hundreds of practicing intellectual property attorneys, patent agents, law students, and interested individuals primarily from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
As an accredited CLE provider, NJIPLA presents and co-sponsors several events each year with nationally-recognized guest speakers, including breakfast/dinner meetings as well as half-day seminars. Our popular half-day programs include the Patent Litigation Seminar, typically held in March; the Pharmaceutical / Chemical Patent Practice Update, usually held in late fall; the Electronics, Telecom and Software Patent Practice Update Seminar, also held in the fall; and a biennial live Ethics seminar usually held in December. In April, we co-sponsor the full-day Joint Patent Practice Seminar with CIPLA, NYIPLA and PIPLA. We also co-sponsor CLE events with other associations, such as a recent Trade Secrets and Cybersecurity seminar with NYIPLA. We also sponsor IP events at New Jersey law schools. Our events are valuable not only for their educational opportunities, but also for fostering a sense of community among our membership, as we often include lunch and/or networking with our CLE programs.
Each year NJIPLA honors a person for exceptional contributions to the field of intellectual property law at the Jefferson Medal Dinner, which is held in early June. The Jefferson Medal, awarded by NJIPLA since 1951, is named after Thomas Jefferson, who was an original member of the United States Patent Board, which was founded in 1790 and was the predecessor to today’s United States Patent and Trademark Office. A list of NJIPLA Jefferson Medalists may be found at the NJIPLA website www.njipla.org.
We invite new members to join NJIPLA and to participate in the numerous and rewarding activities of NJIPLA. Membership details, event calendar, and contact information for the NJIPLA Board of Managers is available at the NJIPLA website www.njipla.org.
New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association (NJIPLA)
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