Purpose & Objectives

The Intellectual Property Committee (IPC) promotes IP issues of importance to the IEEE U.S. membership (engineers, faculty, scientists, inventors, tech workforce, entrepreneurs, etc.). The issues include protection of patents, trademarks, and copyrights; and issues that encompass IP rights in fast moving technology, technology transfer, and U.S. competitiveness & innovation. The IPC prepares position statements, drafts legislation, files amici curiae with the US Supreme court, and delivers expert testimony before the U.S. Congress & the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

At times, the IPC is called upon to offer advice to the U.S. Copyright Office, Office of Science and Technology Policy, the United States Trade Representative Office, and to the Office of the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust issues.

All IPC-developed positions represent a consensus of a diverse group of engineers, scientists, technologists and patent attorneys.

Amicus Curiae

  • IEEE-USA Amicus Brief filing to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Oil States Services, LLC vs. Greene's Energy Group Case Concerning Denial of Judicial Review of PTO Inter Partes Patent Reviews (September 2017)
  • Amicus Curiae Brief Filed With the U.S. Supreme Court in the CLS v. Alice Case Concerning the Patentability of Computer-Implemented Inventions (January 2014)
  • Amicus Curiae Brief Before the U.S. Supreme Court in Alice v. CLS (October 2013)
  • Amicus Curiae Brief Before the U.S. Supreme Court in Hyatt vs. Kappos on the Question of Inventor's Due Process Rights in Sec. 145 Appeals to PTO Patent Adjudications
  • Amicus Curiae Brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court by Dr. Lee Hollaar (author) and IEEE-USA in the In Re Bilski process patent case.
  • "What Does the Bilski Hearing Tell Us?," Today's Engineer, by IPC member Nate Bailey and Jill Browning (January 2010)
  • INDUCE Act Materials & MGM v. Grokster, Supreme Court Case No. 04-480
  • Festo Amicus Materials
  • Blizzard v. Internet Gateway, 2005 - IEEE-USA seeks to protect right to reverse engineer for interoperability in amicus brief filed in 8th Circuit Court of Appeals

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National Inventors Hall of Fame

The National Inventors Hall of Fame™ honors the women and men responsible for the great technological advances that make human, social and economic progress possible. Each year, the Selection Committee - including representatives of IEEE - of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation selects inventors for induction. Their peers and the public nominate Individuals for selection. The 2012 IEEE representative to the Selection Committee is Murty Polavarapu.

Collegiate Inventors: The Hall of Fame also awards collegiate inventors for their contributions. The program - presented in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office - is designed to recognize, honor and encourage innovators at the early stages of their careers, and is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are (or have recently been) enrolled in a college or university in the United States or Canada.  Since its inception in 1990, the Competition has awarded over $1 million to young innovators, working alone or in teams, for their outstanding contributions to society and for their innovative work in discovering breakthroughs and solving engineering and scientific challenges. Past winning inventions and inventors have ranged from biotech to nanotech, from chemical engineering to electrical engineering and from robotics to optics.

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Chair: Ron Katznelson

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