Director Iancu: If it was Good Enough for Judge Rich

The following excerpt comes from Dir. Iancu’s recent speech in Chicago where he discussed his proposal for expanding Section 101 patent eligibility. – DC  Remarks delivered at the Intellectual Property Owners Association 46th Annual Meeting by Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu, September 24, 2018 (Chicago, Illinois) As delivered Good morning everyone, and thank you, Henry [Hadad] for that generous introduction. And thank you for inviting me. . . . . . . A significant part of the growth in [trademark] applications has come from China. . . . This has presented increased issues with the unauthorized practice of law from individuals outside the U.S. In light of this and other issues, we are considering a possible notice of proposed rulemaking that would require foreign trademark applicants and registrants to be represented by a U.S. licensed attorney to file trademark documents with the USPTO. . . . Now as to patents: . . .…

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