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Published by the
Section of Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law
of the American Bar Association
Volume 1, Number 1, Fall 1981

Chairman's Letter
  Welcome to the first issue of
our Section's quarterly News-
letter for the 1981-82 year. Our
purpose is to inform you about
what the Section is doing
throughout the year. Upcom-
ing issues will cover the vital
concerns of our profession, our
Section, the Patent and Trade-
mark Office, and the Copy-
right Office.
  This issue in particular covers our annual meeting in
New Orleans, and what action we took there on the
resolutions presented by the committees.
  For your information and convenience, we're in-
cluding in this issue a list of the 1981-82 Committee
Chairmen and their addresses. As you read what the Sec-
tion committees are doing, feel free to contact the
Chairmen (with a copy to the Division Chairman) on any
point you wish them to consider.
  Two new committees have been created: No. 511-
Judiciary-which will screen and make recommenda-
tions to the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal
Judiciary respecting the qualification of persons for
appointment as judges of U.S. courts; and No.
610-Government Relations-which will assist the Sec-
tion Chairman in communicating Section positions to
legislative and administrative bodies.
  The Patent and Trademark Office needs an increase in
its budget for fiscal years 1983, 1984 and beyond if it ex-
pects to decrease its backlog of pending applications and
overcome its problems. Secretary of Commerce Malcolm
Baldridge and his staff are aware of the problems. Unfor-
tunately, the PTO did not get the necessary increase in its
budget which it desperately needed.
  When increased PTO fees are paid beginning in FY
1983, we must be alert to see that the PTO is the
beneficiary of the increase and applies the increase to
upgrade and modernize PTO operations. We do not want
Congress to reduce its general revenue PTO budget, leav-
ing PTO users paying increased fees while the quality of
the service decreases or remains at the present unsatisfac-

tory levels. Accordingly, I have appointed Don Banner,
chairman of a Special Committee on Overview of the
PTO Budget to follow the budgetary process and keep the
Section advised of developments. We plan to work close-
ly with the Congress and the Administration toward the
goal of an up-to-date, efficient, and viable PTO.
  Our Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates,
William E. Schuyler, Jr., has been selected to head the
U.S. delegation to the forthcoming second session of the
Diplomatic Conference on the Revision of the Paris Con-
vention being held in Nairobi, Kenya, from September 28
to October 24, 1981. Other members of our Section ap-
pointed to the U.S. delegation are George R. Clark, Larry
W. Evans, William L. Keefauver, Robert C. Kline,
Thomas E. Smith, Michael K. Kirk, Beverly W. Pat-
tishall, Richard C. Whitte and your Section Chairman.
The next issue of the Newsletter will contain a report on
what happened at the Conference.
  I invite you to take a greater interest in your Section and
to become more active in our activities. It's not too early
to start planning to attend next year's annual meeting in
San Francisco on August 6-11, 1982. Our Section will be
at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Embarcadero. Watch
for the business and social programs being planned for
that meeting in subsequent Newsletter issues-but mark
August 6-11 on your calendar now.
                               Joseph A. DeGrandi

Copyright © 1981 American Bar Association

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