[FoRK] USPTO building "strong IP protection" in Iraq (fwd)

jm at jmason.org jm at jmason.org
Mon Apr 26 10:35:31 PDT 2004


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hilarious.  now that's what I call getting your priorities straight!

- --j.

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Date:    Mon, 26 Apr 2004 18:45:57 +0200
From:    Hartmut Pilch <phm at a2e.de>
To:      patents at aful.org
Subject: [Patents] GregNews: USPTO building "strong IP protection" in Iraq

A PTO examiner sent Greg the following lament:

  Greg,

  Want to tell me WHAT EARTHLY GOOD THIS DOES? What IP?  Making Fire?
  They're trying to get BREAD AND WATER, fergawdsake!   AS WE BEGIN OUR
  THIRD YEAR WITHOUT EXAMINER EDUCATION...
  (from the PTO Intranet:)

    Assignment Iraq

    Linda Lourie, an Attorney-Advisor in the USPTO's Office of External
    Affairs has begun an assignment in Iraq to assist the Coalition
    Provisional Authority (CPA) in rebuilding that nation's intellectual
    property offices.

    Attorney-Advisor Lourie will be working within the commercial law
    section and will focus her efforts on bringing Iraq's IP law in
    compliance with international treaties and modern standards. ....

    Developing strong intellectual property protection in Iraq is a high
    priority for the Coalition Provisional Authority, particularly since
    it will encourage foreign and local investment in IP dependent
    industries. Ms. Lourie expects to be in Iraq for three to four
    months.

...

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