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8 PTC Newsl. 1 (1989-1990)

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CHai~manS LeTTeR

  We are back from Hawaii
now where we had an excel-
lent meeting with a large at-
  Tom Smith's arrangements
were breathtaking. We had a
delightful Hawaiian recep-
tion at the Willows which
everyone enjoyed; went on a
Hawaiian brunch cruise on
the world's largest catamaran
and our annual dinner-dance  Joseph I. Previto
was preceded by Hawaiian cocktails, appetizers and
  Bill Pravel did a magnificent job in preparing the
educational programs for the meeting. This included
sessions on alternate dispute resolution, the use of
computers for intellectual property law practice, fran-
chising and trademarks and recent developments in
intellectual property law.
  We were fortunate to have Don Quigg, the Com-
missioner of Patents and Trademarks, address us at
our Saturday luncheon: Ralph Oman, Register of
Copyrights, at our Monday luncheon and Judge Mar-
key at our Tuesday luncheon.
  We were also fortunate in having Wendel Willkic,
general counsel of the Commerce Department, speak
for a few minutes at the beginning of our first business
meeting and Don Banner updated the Section regard-
ing plans for the bicentennial celebration next year.
  Our business sssions went smoothly. You will find
a listing of resolutions approved or defeated at pages
8-11 of this Newsletter.
  With respect to Resolution 102-1 concerning har-
monization, there was a warmup session on Monday
morning in which Messrs. Banner and Fiorito spoke
against harmonization and Messrs. Brunet and
Thompson spoke in favor. No vote was taken on har-
monization in Hawaii. Instead, a special meeting on
harmonization was held September 9 and 10 in Wash-
ington at the Marriott Gateway Hotel where various
resolutions were debated by the membership and voted
upon. (See page 12.)
  During this Association year, we were fortunate in
having the House of Delegates pass the following res-

  Published by the
  Section of Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law
  of the American Bar Association
  Volume 8, Number 1, Summer/Fall 1989

olution concerning qualifications for Commissioner
and Assistant Commissioner of Patents:
    RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association fa-
  vors in principle that any person selected to be Com-
  missioner or Deputy Commissioner of Patents and
  Trademarks be a lawyer having experience in patent
  and trademark law, knowledgeable in both domestic
  and intemational laws concerning these matters, and
  well qualified to represent the United States Patent and
  Trademark Office domestically and to advocate United
  States positions on patent and trademark matters in-
We were able to use this resolution in our commu-
nications with the Department of Commerce.
  We also used a previously passed resolution con-
cerning the desirability of having patent judges on the
federal circuit in personal meetings which we had with
the Justice Department and with the White House
  For the first time we will have a Washington rep-
resentative who will present our Section's positions
on intellectual property matters before Congress, the
White House, etc. At the last Council meeting, Jan
Jancin, a former chairman of our Section, and one
who is well known to everyone in the Section and who
has already done so much for the Section, has been
named our Washington representative, effective Jan.
1. 1 have known Jan for many years and I have always
known him to do an excellent job. Our Section can
rest assured that with Jan we will be well represented
in Washington.
  As usual, the success of our past Association year
was the result of planning, hard work and dedication
of the Division and Committee Chairs. My thanks to
each of the above in making my job much easier.
  I would also like to thank the Council, the officers
and Honorary Council for their unwavering support
during my term. My thanks and appreciation to our
Section Administrator, Michele Kukowski Bridges and
her assistant, Hazel Matthews-Walker, for their abil-
ity to cope with my many requests and foibles as well
as the professional and efficient manner in which they
handled Association affairs last year.
  Finally, I want to thank you for giving me the priv-
ilege, honor and pleasure to serve as your chairman.
It was an experience which I shall never forget. Ma-
                                 Joseph J. Previto

Copyright k) 1989 American Bar Association

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