Category: International

Patent System under Attack: Interview with USPTO Director Michelle Lee

This morning, my fellow leaders of the Chicago Intellectual Property Law Association (IPLAC) and I met with Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and several of her fellow USPTO executives, including the impressive Dr. Christal Sheppard, Director of the Detroit Office. Director Lee has excellent qualifications. Unfortunately, as discussed below, […]

Build Your Law Practice in Bar Associations and Relationships

I am a principal in a small patent law firm based in Chicago. We have developed a national and international practice. You can, too, regardless of the size of your firm. We go to places like New York, Los Angeles, Houston—and Munich, Beijing, and Tokyo—for meetings of the American Bar Association (ABA), American IP Law Association (AIPLA), and International Association […]

History and Future of U.S. Patent System

As I write these words, I am inspired and surrounded by original autographs of seven of America’s eight early presidents. Their signatures appear on 200-year old original patents displayed on the walls of my offices. See Beem Presidential Patent Collection. “If a country can be said to possess a soul, then America’s is the patent […]