Denver, CO – During the first week of October, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will be in Colorado. This is an exciting and unique opportunity to attend oral arguments and a variety of other events around the Court’s first visit to Colorado to hear cases. The Federal Circuit will have oral arguments at the Arraj and Rogers Courthouses, the University of Colorado, and the University of Denver. The judges will also attend public events, including a formal dinner at the Colorado History Museum that is open to members of the IP community, and other educational and social events for local attorneys and judges.
This visit by the Federal Circuit rounds out an exciting year for the Colorado Intellectual Property community. In June, Secretary Blank and Director Kappos of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that Denver was selected as a satellite office location for the USPTO. That announcement came in the wake of incredible programs throughout the first half of 2012, including a road show at the University of Denver held by experts from the USPTO on the new America Invents Act; the kick-off of the new pro bono patent initiative (ProBoPat), which will help pair members of the bar with underserved inventors and entrepreneurs; selection by the USPTO of the University of Colorado School of Law to host a patent clinic that will pair law students with patent clients; the tenth annual Rocky Mountain IP Institute attended by over 400 attorneys; and visits to Denver and Boulder by Secretary Blank, Director Kappos, Bernard Night, and other key individuals from the USPTO.
Daniel Sherwinter is a Patent Attorney at Marsh Fischmann & Breyfogle LLP in Boulder, Secretary of the Colorado Bar Association IP Section, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law.