June 2012

Campbell Law Hosts U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Discussion

RALEIGH, N.C. – Campbell Law School hosted the White House Business Council, Business Forward, and Coats & Bennett, PLLC for a discussion on patents and the economy and AIA implementation with officials from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Thursday, June 21. Area business leaders, intellectual property (IP) attorneys, and other invited distinguished guests listened to Dr. Stuart Graham, chief economist, USPTO, who offered an in-depth discussion of the significant impact the patent system and economy have on one another, and highlighted the relationship between innovation through new patents and improvements in the economy. Dr. Graham was followed by Janet Gongola, AIA implementation coordinator, USPTO, who addressed details of the America Invents Act, a major reform to the Patent Act signed by President Obama in 2011.

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