Key Business Leaders Get Chance to Weigh-In on America Invents
MINNEAPOLIS (November 16, 2011) - On Monday, November 14, 2011, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. had the privilege of hosting Teresa Stanek Rea, Deputy Director of the USPTO and Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property. Ms. Rea facilitated a roundtable discussion with a group of the firm's leading business clients and members of the firm's Intellectual Property Litigation Group.
The discussion focused on specifics of the implementation of the America Invents Act. Ms. Rea responded to questions and concerns about the Act and how it will impact business. Ms. Rea also provided insights into the long-term goals and intended business benefits that are at the heart of the Act. In addition, the forum provided those present with an opportunity to discuss other regulatory or governmental issues affecting business.
"We were pleased to host this session to give the PTO some constructive feedback on the concerns of our clients regarding the patent system," said Ronald Schutz, Chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Litigation Group.
Ms. Rea's visit to Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. came as a result of the President asking senior Administration officials to meet with local business leaders across the country to obtain feedback on how the Administration can best support their growth and take advantage of the Administration resources and programs designed to help them create jobs and compete.
A number of attorneys in the Intellectual Property Litigation Group have spoken on recent amendments to the patents statute. Contacts include Ronald Schutz, Jake Holdreith, and Becky Thorson.
White House Business Council members plan to host these roundtables in at least 100 communities across the country by year-end.