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Robert Stoll, a speaker at the marcus evans IP Law European Summit 2011, explains about the ongoing measures to improve IP protection.

Interview with: Robert Stoll, Commissioner for Patents, USPTO

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  1. 1. 10 - 12 April 2011 | Fairmont Le Montreux Palace | Montreux | SwitzerlandUSPTO:Industries Can Unite to Protect Collective IP Interests Robert Stoll, a speaker at the marcus evans IP Law European Summit 2011, explains about the ongoing measures to improve IP protection. Interview with: Robert Stoll, Commissioner for Patents, USPTOFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE What challenges has the digital economy presented for IP protection?With the dawn of the digital age intellectual property (IP) lawis more relevant to companies today than ever before. As the Robert Stoll: There are huge problems with respect to IPpace of technology moves faster and faster, IP issues are protection and the digital economy. Access to software,increasingly affected by forces such as rapid globalisation and movies and music illegal downloading sites violates the IPe-commerce, explains Robert Stoll, Commissioner for Patents, rights of the artists and industries that depend on strongUSPTO. protection for their creative endeavours. Monitoring and enforcement of IP rights in the digital environment mustA speaker at the marcus evans IP Law European Summit include the entire chain of stakeholders, who need to be2011 in Montreux, Switzerland, 10 - 12 April, Stoll explains constantly aware and watchful of these infringement issues.that monitoring and enforcement of IP rights in the digitalenvironment must include the entire chain of stakeholders. How serious is the issue of patent trolls for IP and innovation and do patent laws need to be overhauled as a result of thisWhat are some of the current USPTO initiatives? phenomenon?Robert Stoll: We are undertaking an end-to-end analysis of Robert Stoll: It depends which way you are looking at it.every step of patent prosecution to improve efficiency. We are Patent holders in the US are not required to exercise theiralso transferring all processing into an electronic medium. patent and that is not something we are contemplatingThere are five new quality metrics in place to help us analyse changing. There is a legitimate purpose for people to collectactivities earlier in the processing stream. This ensures we are applications and patents that is permitted by law. If ourgetting a complete and thorough first action, instead of society deems that the laws need to be modified, then allwaiting until later on in the prosecution of the application. three branches of government will engage to improve the system.In addition, we have initiated track one of a three-trackprosecution process, which will allow patent applicants, for a What long-term strategies would you recommend to Chiefslightly higher fee, to get a full and complete prosecution of Patent Counsel?their application, to either final action or notice of allowancewithin 12 months. That is going to be a pilot programme. Robert Stoll: Chief Patent Counsel should protect their IP – their trademarks, patents, and copyrights - not just in theirAlso, we are taking all of our resources and creating solutions home countries but worldwide and to the highest degreethat not only work the older cases first, but position the office possible. In the global economy, this means a tighter controlto reduce patent pendency down to 10 months to first action of your “IP supply chain”. Know who you do business with,by 2014 and 20 months to final action by 2015. and be prepared to protect your IP in all markets. www.iplawsummiteurope.com
  2. 2. 10 - 12 April 2011 | Fairmont Le Montreux Palace | Montreux | Switzerland Contact: Maeve McGovern, Group News and Features Writer , marcus evans Tel: + 357 22 849 313 Email: press@marcusevanscy.com About the IP Law European Summit 2011 This unique forum will take place at Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, Montreux, Switzerland, 10 - 12 April 2011. Offering much more than any conference, exhibition or trade show, this exclusive meeting will bring together esteemed industry thought leaders and solution providers to a highly focused and interactive networking event. The Summit includes presentations on strategic IP management, IP and digital marketing, open source software, technology share agreements, dealing with counterfeits, cost control and developing a patent portfolio. For more information please send an email to info@marcusevanscy.com or visit the event website at www.iplawsummiteurope.com marcus evans group - Legal sector portal Please note that the summit is a closed business event and the number of participants strictly limited. About marcus evans Summits marcus evans Summits are high level business forums for the world’s leading decision-makers to meet, learn and discuss strategies and solutions. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity to individually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, think tanks, seminars and one-to-one business meetings. For more information, please visit www.marcusevans.com All rights reserved. The above content may be republished or reproduced – kindly inform us by sending an email to press@marcusevanscy.com www.iplawsummiteurope.com

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