John Hardaway Serves as U.S. Delegate at Executive Council of International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys

Greenville – Nexsen Pruet attorney John Hardaway, President of the U.S. Section of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI), was a delegate to the FICPI Executive Council and Congress in Melbourne, Australia, during the latter part of April 2012.

Approximately 30 countries are represented on the Executive Council, and delegates from intellectual property organizations around the world, including The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), reported to the Council. Positions were taken on a number of issues including the admissions of new associations in countries with Intellectual Property organizations.

The U.S. was one of four countries requested to update the status of current intellectual property issues at the national level. Mr. Hardaway reported to the Council on the implementation of the American Invents Act which is currently in the rule-making stage in the USPTO. The U.S. Section of FICPI has provided comment to the USPTO on many of the proposed AIA rules incorporating the perspectives of its international constituency.

Nexsen Pruet, LLC is one of the largest law firms in the Carolinas, with more than 185 attorneys and offices in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Hilton Head, and Myrtle Beach, S.C. as well as Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh, N.C. Founded in 1945, Nexsen Pruet provides a broad range of legal services to the business community and represents companies and other entities in local, state, national, and international venues. For further information, see www.nexsenpruet.com

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