Monday, March 28, 2016

Request for Information Related to Intellectual Property, Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge

From Federal Register Vol. 81, No. 57 (Thurs., Mar. 24, 2016) ([Pages 15694-15695])

Request for Information Related to Intellectual Property, Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge

AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.

ACTION: Request for Comments.

SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is requesting information from its stakeholders regarding issues to be discussed in upcoming World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)meetings related to intellectual property, genetic resources, and associated traditional knowledge.

DATES: Submission Deadline Date: To be ensured of consideration, submissions must be received on or before May 23, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Written submissions should be sent by electronic mail over the Internet addressed to: Submissions may also be submitted by postal mail addressed to: Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450, marked to the attention of Karin Ferriter, Office of Policy and International Affairs. Although submissions may be sent by postal mail, the USPTO prefers to receive submissions by electronic mail message over the Internet because sharing submissions with the public is more easily accomplished.

Monday, March 7, 2016

March 15, 2016 Deadline - National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property

If you are a K-12 teacher wanting to learn more about the creation and protection of intellectual property including "inventions, knowledge discovery, creative ideas, and expressions of the human mind that may have commercial value and are protectable under patent, trademark, copyright, or trade secret laws," consider applying for the 3rd Annual National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property on July 17-22, 2016, in East Lansing, Michigan. You will discover "teacher-friendly instructional tools, lesson strategies, and innovation practices designed to enhance student learning and outcomes in the classroom while meeting the rigors of the Common Core and Next Generation Science and Engineering Standards."  Those chosen to participate who live more than 50 miles from the training site at Michigan State University will have lodging and travel expenses covered. Submit an application online by March 15, 2016.