Since 1991, the annual Patent Information Conference of the European Patent Office (EPO) has been touring European cities big and small. Formerly called EPIDOS, it is the prime get-together of representatives of the EPO, numerous national patent offices, patent information providers, and patent practitioners from the industry, as well as other IP-related service providers and tool vendors like IPfolio.
In the wake of last summer's now-famous Nortel patent auction, such auctions are increasingly eliciting bold speculation and anticipation, becoming mainstream news. Kodak is the next large name to launch a high stakes auction, to liquidate their bankruptcy-facing company of some 1,100 patents. August 8th, 2012 is the set auction date, and opening bids kick off today.
This week brings yet another reason we're proud to be based in the Bay Area: proximity to great events such as this week's ICAP Patent Brokerage & Patent Litigation Symposium, and the ICAP Ocean Tomo Auction, taking in place at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco on July 26th.
This Monday started off with good news for all those in intellectual property world in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area - the USPTO announced that 3 new regional patent offices are being opened. In addition to the new satellite office that is opening in Detroit July 13th 2012, the other offices will be located in San Jose, Dallas and Denver. These locations were chosen based on a few key factors, dispersed equally across all time zones, and as hubs of innovation economies (Silicon Valley representing electronics and biotech, Denver representing aerospace, and Dallas representing energy). San Jose emerged to some as the most logical spot, with Silicon Valley being the top recipient of patents having more than 10,000 granted in 2010.