I’m attending the Patent Office’s Sunnyvale Fee Setting Hearing

I will update this post after the hearing, or potentially during the hearing if network is accessible. I expect that my opinions will not get much traction, since the Patent Office isn’t a big fan of small inventors, but I do intend to express my dislike of the huge increases in RCE fees & Appeal fees.

I would much rather have the fees shifted to either larger patents (e.g. patent size fees increased by a lot more) or shifted to maintenance fees. If you have opinions about the fees, and want to have input, attend a hearing, or write to the Patent Office. Let your voice be heard.

Interesting Lecture on doing business in Germany

I couldn’t find a description of this lecture, which I received via email invitation from an accountant my family in Germany has worked with over many years. I thought it was interesting enough to repost, so here it is.

Haeckl & Partner GmbH,
The Munich Network e.V. and
YES Partners
Cordially invite you to a discussion on

Doing Business in Europe
Bavaria – Your Key to Success

Followed by a networking reception with Bavarian specialties

When: Tuesday, November 1st, 2011, 5.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Stanford University Faculty Club
439 Lagunita Drive
Stanford, CA 94309
Red Lounge

Admission: $25 prepayment or $35 at the door

To make payment: Go to www.bridgellp.com and
To register: Contact slubbering@bridgellp.com
or contact Samantha at 818.988.2233



5:00pm Welcome & Introduction (Moderation)
Introduction of the “German” team
E. J. Dieterle – Global Executive Search – YES Partners
John Gosch, CPA – Bridge, llp
Achim Hoelzle – FeldbergPacific Law Group

5:10pm Business Location Bavaria: Facts and Figures
Lucie E. Merkle| Executive Director,
Bavarian U.S. Offices of Economic Development, LLC

5:20pm Tax and Legal Aspects of Doing Business in Germany
Reinhard Häckl | CEO, Häckl und Partner GmbH

5:40pm Mobile Security: How to collaborate with Giesecke & Devrient
Thorsten Roeske | Head of Innovation and Alliances,
CTO Office, Giesecke & Devrient

5:50pm Enabling Technologies: How to collaborate with Robert Bosch
Cyril Vancura | Investment Director, Robert Bosch LLC

6:00pm Test & measurement, communications and broadcasting
equipment: How to collaborate with Rohde & Schwarz
Chris Eriksen, Region Sales Manager, Rohde & Schwarz

6:10pm How Silicon Valley TechVentures can benefit from
Munich Network´s strong TechIndustry members
Curt Winnen | General Manager, Munich Network e.V.

6:20pm How the German Silicon Valley Accelerator works
Dirk Kanngiesser | CEO
German Silicon Valley Accellerator Inc.

Reception with traditional Bavarian specialties