As the Holidays approach and 2015 comes to a close, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the changes 2015 has brought both for our firm and the IP industry as a whole.
JWTH 2015 Overview
JWTH is proud of the accomplishments of our own Jeff Wilson. This February, he earned the 2015 Client Choice Award for his excellent client service, and in September was named Corporate LiveWire’s “Most Outstanding Patent & Trademark Lawyer” in North Carolina.
Additionally, our attorneys completed and published a thorough review and analysis of the effects resulting from the America Invents Act.
We were also pleased to welcome a new addition to the firm, Matt Browning.
We were able to sponsor and participate in a number of conventions and events this year, including a “Ask a Venture Capitalist Triangle” Tech Breakfast, the 2015 AUTM Eastern Regions Meeting, and the 2015 BIO IPCC Conference.
2015 Changes for the US Patent System
This year saw many new initiatives and programs from the USPTO. Some of these programs were announced at SXSW in Austin, Texas this past March by Michelle Lee and Penny Pritzker.
The Expedited Patent Appeal Pilot Program, Patent work sharing between Brazil and the US, and the launch of Dossier Access are just a small sampling of these initiatives. We are optimistic that 2016 will see continued efforts from the USPTO to mold the patent system into a clearer and fairer system for both the public and the IP industry at large.
As always, JWTH is committed to staying at the forefront of these changes to continue serving our clients in the most efficient and effective manner possible.