Perspective: Banging on Doors to Ensure Our IP System Fulfills Its Promise for the Future

By Scott F. Partridge

©2018. Published in Landslide, Vol. 10, No. 3, Janusry/February 2018, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

At the start of each new Congress, politicians return to our nation’s capital to chart the nation’s agenda, and policy wonks and regulators contemplate their game plans for executive, congressional, and regulatory action. So too does the ABA-IPL Section spring into action. We analyze and prioritize key issues and, where warranted, begin making plans to appear before and/or submit written comments—to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the US Copyright Office, the International Trade Commission and other federal and international agencies, Congress, and the executive branch. Even before a new president takes office, the Section typically has submitted a list of priorities to the presidential transition team, as we did last December.

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