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9 PTC Newsl. 1 (1990-1991)

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Published by the
Section of Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law
of the American Bar Association
Volume 9, Number. 1, Fall 1990

CHaIRman's LeTTeR

  The Chicago Annual Meet-
ing marked the end of my
term as your Acting Chair and
the beginning of my official
term as Chair of the PTC Sec-
tion. Being able to serve as
Acting Chair for nearly six
months has given me a unique
opportunity to understand
more fully the Section's myr-
iad of activities, identify cur-
rent legislative and interna-  Thomas F. Smegal, Jr.
tional IP law developments; participate in various
ABA, Section and other legal organization seminars
and meet personally with many of you regarding your
Section involvement and how the Section can im-
prove its services in order to continue to meet the
needs of its members and the intellectual property law
community in general. Thus, we are off and running
with a head start for the 1990-91 Association year
and I am confident that it will be an innovative and
productive year.
   I have attempted in the last couple of issues of this
newsletter to provide information of the activities of
the Section Officers and Council in advancing com-
mittee resolutions (adopted by the PTC membership
at previous annual meetings) through testimony and
submission of written statements to Congress, as well
as to the PTO and Copyright Office and other gov-
ernmental agencies. I will continue this practice dur-
ing the next year as to the resolutions favorably acted
upon at the 1990 Annual Meeting that are set out
beginning on page 11 of this newsletter. The resolu-
tions adopted by the membership have already been
reviewed by the Section Officers in order to plan the
next step toward implementation.
   Among those resolutions identified for immediate
 blanket authority (an ABA process whereby Sections
 are permitted, after certain clearance procedures, to
 testify/comment to Congress and others in the name
 of the Section on Section-approved resolutions) are
 the following:
   Resolution 101-1 (Patents in Space);
   Resolutions 102-2, 102-3, 102-5 and 102-6 (Har-

  monization of Patent Laws and Practice) and
  New Business Resolution #9 (Rule 56/57 standard
  of materiality re issue of fraud or inequitable con-
New Business Resolution #9 also been identified for
submission to the ABA House of Delegates in Feb-
ruary to garner the support of a general ABA position
on this important subject. Throughout the year, other
approved resolutions will be forwarded to appropriate
Section committees, other ABA entities, congression-
al and agency bodies and national and international
organizations as deemed appropriate.
  The ABA House of Delegates also considered and
acted upon a number of important and controversial
issues. I'm certain you are aware of these issues as they
have been fully commented upon in various ABA com-
munications as well as the national press. However,
the House of Delegates also adopted a resolution in-
creasing Section representation in the House. Effective
at the close of the Chicago Annual Meeting, the PTC
Section became eligible for a second Section Delegate.
I'm happy to report that former Section Chair John K.
Uilkema was selected by the Council to serve an initial
one-year term that will expire at the close of the 1991
Annual Meeting. The Nominating Committee, when
appointed, will solicit your suggestions for candidates
for this new position, as well as others scheduled for
election at the 1991 Annual Meeting. Joe DeGrandi,
who has served as our Section Delegate for nearly two
years, was elected in August to serve an additional
three-year term. We are fortunate to have two distin-
guished past Section chairs ably representing us on the
important legal issues that will be debated and acted
upon by the Association's House of Delegates at the
Midyear and Annual Meetings.
   The Chicago Annual Meeting was extremely suc-
 cessful. The educational programs, planned by Jack
 Goldstein, were timely and well-presented; the social
 events, conceived and organized by Bob and Diane
 Newbury, were magnificent; and the often-maligned
 Windy City weather was delightful. I want to extend
 my sincere appreciation to all who participated and
 contributed toward the success of that meeting and
 am particulaIrly grateful to our three outstanding

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