New SSMP Japanese Liaison Office Now Open
For almost 40 years, Scully Scott has been building relationships around the globe, particularly in Japan.
Through the years, the firm has established several significant client relationships directly with Japanese
companies, which have become an essential part of our foreign practice. In an effort to attract additional
Japanese clients, we are pleased to announce that the firm has established a new liaison office in Tokyo.
Naoki Kyomoto, President of Kyomoto Patent Office, together with SSMP Senior Partner, Paul Esatto have
diligently worked to bridge the gap between U.S. and Japanese Patent Law in order to provide the best possible
services to their clients. To learn more about Mr. Kyomoto and Kyomoto Patent Office, please visit:
The SSMP Tokyo office is not only a contact and liaison office for our Japanese clients, but it will also serve as a work
environment for our attorneys when they are visiting Japan. Several of our attorneys travel to Japan frequently
to further strengthen relationships with our existing clients, as well as to build new ones. During these visits,
we often present seminars specifically designed for Japanese companies and their executives, including lectures
on the recent America Invents Act that was passed in the U.S.
Scully Scott's patent attorneys have extensive experience filing and prosecuting patent applications for our
Japanese clients. We also deal with reexamination, reissue, and interference proceedings in the USPTO for our
"This is a very exciting venture for the firm," said Senior Partner, Paul Esatto. "This is something we have wanted
to do for quite some time and it's great to see it come to fruition. We look forward to working closely
with Mr. Kyomoto to further grow both of our practices," said Esatto.
New SSMP Trainee Hosting Program Established
In addition to the annual Summer Training Program, the firm is pleased to announce its first ever Trainee Hosting Program.
The new program officially started in early May 2012 and will run through March of 2013.
This program differs from our Summer
Program not only in that it runs for ten months, but also because it focuses solely on one trainee, instead of a small group.
SSMP welcomes our very first Hosting Program Trainee, Keitaku Kanemoto from Omron Corporation of America. Mr. Kanemoto will
be consulting with Scully Scott on U.S. patent prosecution and litigation to get assistance in his function
as Manager of Intellectual Property for Omron U.S. The firm has established a team of attorneys to work one-on-one with
Mr. Kanemoto during his time with us.
"Our goal for the Hosting Program is for Mr. Kanemoto (and other future participants) to complete the program feeling
that SSMP not only strengthened his existing knowledge of U.S. patent law, but also helped him facilitate a new skill set
that will enrich his career at Omron," said Partner, Paul Esatto.
6th Annual SSMP Summer Training Program Completed
We are pleased to announce that the firm has just completed its 6th Annual Summer Training Program. The program ran from
June 18th through July 13th. Scully Scott invited clients from other Intellectual Property firms around the globe to be
our guests and receive hands-on experience in U.S. patent practice. The 2012 group was one of the largest to date with
ten trainees from China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
Each day the trainees were trained by a different SSMP partner to help them understand U.S. patent laws and regulations.
Lectures covering patent and trademark law basics were complemented with lectures on topics that highlighted recent Federal
Circuit and Supreme Court decisions on patent cases, legislative development and licensing strategies.
During their stay with us, the trainees attended various firm events such as our annual summer golf tournament, clambake on
the beach and softball game. Additionally, they participated in many other social activities including Mets & Yankees games,
a Broadway play, and tours of both Long Island and New York City. For the first time this year, they went on a very successful fishing
trip out of Port Jefferson where they caught a combined total of more than 50 porgies. The trainees also attended a July 4th
BBQ held at Partner, Xiaochun Zhu's home, in hopes of providing them with a better sense of American culture and family life.
"This may have been our most successful program to date," said Partner and Program Director, Xiaochun Zhu. "We hope to commemorate
the continuous success of the Training Program on the 10th Anniversary, possibly hosting a reunion for all of our alumni somewhere
in Asia," said Zhu.
SSMP Sponsors BayHelix Reception
For the third consecutive year, SSMP is proud to be the sole sponsor of Cornell Center for Technology, Enterprise and
Commercialization (CCTEC) BayHelix Reception.
The invitation-only networking reception will be held on Thursday, September 27th from
6:30- 9PM at the Cornell Club in New York, NY. Partners, Xiaochun Zhu and Peter Bernstein plan to attend.
BayHelix is a non-profit, invitation-only organization for business leaders of Chinese origin in life sciences and healthcare
with over 200 members throughout the United States, Canada, and Greater China. BayHelix hopes to shape these industries as well
as promote and build business opportunities, encourage community leaders and share information and experiences. Scully Scott
applauds BayHelix for its commitment to improving life sciences and healthcare worldwide.
"The firm is happy to support BayHelix. Much of our practice revolves around the life sciences, so we understand the importance of
organizations like BayHelix," said Zhu.
SSMP at AIPLA 2012 Annual Meeting
The American Intellectual Property Law Association
(AIPLA) 2012 Annual Meeting will be held in Washington,
D.C. at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, October 25th- October 27th.
Partner and Head of Scully Scott's Trademark Practice, Keith A. Weltsch is a proud member of AIPLA and not
only plans to attend the meeting, but will also participate as a speaker this year. Mr. Weltsch will speak
about trademarks, specifically, whether or not a trademark can have two owners on Thursday, October 25th,
at the track two session.
The 2012 meeting will feature a two-day track on the implications of the America Invents Act, exhibit hall featuring
over 45 companies and many networking opportunities. This year's meeting also boasts a special Trade Secret Law Summit
on Tuesday, October 23rd and Partnering in Patents Seminar on Wednesday, October 24th.
In addition to Mr. Weltsch attending, SSMP Partners and AIPLA Members, Paul J. Esatto, Jr. and Xiaochun Zhu also
plan to attend. "I look forward to the meeting every year. The sessions never disappoint and the receptions are
great for networking. Overall, an excellent meeting," said Esatto. "I'm glad that I will be able to attend this
year and also get to hear Keith speak," said Zhu.
SSMP Sponsors Life Sciences Summit 2012
For the fourth consecutive year, Scully Scout is proudly sponsoring the
Life Sciences Summit 2012. The Summit will take place on
Wednesday, October 31st and Thursday, November 1st at the Sentry Centers Midtown East in New York, NY. This is the second year that
the event will take place in New York City, attracting even more attendees from across the U.S. and Europe.
Organized by the Center for Biotechnology, a New York State Center for Advanced Technology in Medical Biotechnology and Demy-Colton
Life Science Advisers, the two-day event focuses on building relationships between biopharmaceutical companies and companies emerging
from academia to accelerate the development of biomedical solutions in the areas of infectious disease, neuroscience, oncology and
regenerative medicine. There will be Key Opinion Leader (KOL) Sessions again this year that feature leaders in the above areas, as well
as Plenary Sessions and Keynotes, Translational Research Forum, Business Workshops and Emerging Company & Innovators Showcase.
Additionally, the Life Sciences Summit offers Collaborate™, an on-line and on-site partnering service which allows attendees to profile
their organization or technology before and during the event and connect with other attendees to discuss business opportunities.
Hundreds of entrepreneurs, industry executives, attorneys and investors are expected to attend. SSMP Partner, Peter I. Bernstein,
will attend again this year. "This will be the fourth year that I've attended and the firm has sponsored the event. The topics and
speakers improve every year, which is why we gladly continue to offer our support and sponsorship," said Bernstein.
*Don't forget to stop by SSMP's booth in the exhibit hall!