The program is hosted by the Texas Patent Assistance Program, and will include panels in the morning on Intellectual Property, Innovation & Texas Business, Texas' Corporate Intellectual Property Leadership, and Patent Rights From the Pedernales to the Potomac. I am on the last panel, with U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel of Austin and Austin attorney Alan Albright, and I expect we'l;l be talking about recent activity in patent litigation and legislation. And maybe some football - I'm not sure.
After the lunch presentation by USPTO Senior Adviser Janet Gongola, we will hear from panels on An Intellectual Property System Relevant to Texas Inventors and Entrepreneurs, Patent Assistance Services, and Roll out IPWayz (which is a cloud-based application automating pro bono patent services).
Justice Craig Enoch, Chairman of the Steering Committee of Texas Patent Assistance Program recently announced the launch of the automation of the USPTO Patent Assistance Program in Texas, using IPWayz, so I am looking forward to seeing what it is about. Justice Enoch says that the new system will accelerate independent inventors and start-ups through their patent application process, as well as allow patent attorneys to manage their case dockets and patent prosecution life cycle. He notes that Texas is the first state to launch this level of end-to-end automation, providing quicker time to market for patents.