At the April 5th session of the annual meeting of the Intellectual Property Law section of the American Bar Association, Bob Stoll was among a group of panelists discussing court complaints of copyright infringement by law firms that submit documents to the PTO on behalf of patent applicants.

The conference addressed three district court cases in which publishers of scientific, technical, and medical books and journals are suing law firms for copyright infringement in their patent prosecution practice.  The allegations stem from the plaintiffs’ claims that “copies of journal articles made and submitted as part of each firm’s information disclosure obligation for new patent applicants infringe on the copyrights of the publishers.”

Bob, a former Commissioner of the USPTO, sat on the panel and commented on the filings by the USPTO.

Source: Intellectual Property Law section