This week in Washington IP News, Congress is back for a light hearing including a Senate hearing on competition in live entertainment. Elsewhere, there’s a USPTO training session on the patent appeals process, and a discussion of President Biden’s technology agenda from ITIF.
Tuesday 24 January
The Federal Trade Commission, Labor Markets, and Agency Body: A Discussion with Maureen Olhausen
At 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, a video webinar
The FTC’s recent proposal to ban non-compete clauses in employment contracts has left differing opinions in the business and technology world. The FTC claims it will be a boon to employees and increase wages by $300 billion while helping spur innovation. However, if implemented it would likely face legal challenges from various state and federal agencies. Hudson’s senior fellow, Harold Fürchtgott-Roth, hosts this discussion with Maureen K. Ohlhausen, former FTC chair.
Senate Judiciary Committee
This is the ticket: promoting competition and protecting consumers in live entertainment
10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 226 and online
The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding this hearing in response to Ticketmaster’s mishandling of Taylor Swift’s ticket sales in November of last year. The panel will look at the anti-competitive nature of the merger between ticketing giants Ticketmaster and Live Nation and how it affects consumers looking to buy tickets for live events.
United States Patent and Trademark Office
SOaR Common Voices: Featuring the Patent Appeals Process and Highlighting the USPST Regional Office in Texas
2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, video webinar
This stakeholder training focuses on how to appeal the decision of a patent application before the Patent Appeals and Trial Board (PTAB). In addition, the hosts will share resources with the inventors and provide an overview of the appeal process. Hope Shimabuku, Director of Texas Regional Office (TXRO) Resources will also be sharing the event for stakeholders in the TXRO region.
Wed 25 Jan
Information Technology and Innovation Corporation
Should Congress pass President Biden’s tech agenda?
10:30 a.m. Wednesday, video webinar
President Biden’s administration has set out an agenda to “address the shortcomings of Big Tech” by reforming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and increasing competition in the technology sector. The ITIF panel, which includes leaders from technology trade associations and think tanks, will discuss the feasibility and desirability of this agenda.
American Enterprise Institute
Is artificial intelligence effective in content moderation?
At 3:00 pm on Wednesday, a video webinar
Artificial intelligence is widely used to manage content, from removing illegal content to recognizing copyrighted material. This talk will look more broadly at the extent to which AI should be deployed for content moderation purposes.
Thursday, January 26th
The Path to a Patent, Part III: The Patent Search
On Thursday, January 26 from 2-3:30 p.m. ET, the USPTO will hold the third part of the Path to Patents Series, where topics including preliminary search, seven-step strategy, and patent search resources will be discussed. invention. The quarterly series, The Path to a Patent, provides training in intellectual property basics for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. More information is available at e-mail [email protected] or [email protected].
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