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Archive for April, 2013

Changes to US patent law

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

CompPackManTechSociJared Pitts, an intellectual property attorney, delivered a presentation on the impact of the America Invents Act on the US patent system at an IEEE CPMT meet on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

Under the America Invents Act, on March 16, 2013, the United States patent system fundamentally changed from a “first-to-invent” system to a “first-inventor-to-file” system. This presentation provided an overview of the implications of this change. Also included in the presentation was a discussion of changes to the grace periods for public disclosures and the effects of sales and offers to sale on patent rights.

Jared Pitts graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering and J.D. from Brigham Young University. He has practiced intellectual property law since 1995. In his practice, he has prepared and prosecuted U.S., PCT, EP and other patent applications in a variety of technologies, including electrical device, software, and semiconductor fabrication. He has also prepared and reviewed non-infringement and invalidity opinions and provided a variety of licensing and litigation support.

Hit the link below for the full presentation:
AIA Presentation for IEEE 4.18.2013

Upcoming conferences

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

April 2013 is a very busy month for Academic conferences in Phoenix.

April 17-19 is the 12th Annual Wireless Telecommunications Symposium Technical co-sponsor is IEEE Communications Society Technical Committee on Communications & Information Security.
It will be held at the Ocotillo Golf Resort.
3751 S. Clubhouse Drive
Chandler AZ USA 85248
Web site:


April 22-24 is the 20th Annual IEEE International Conference and Workshops on the Engineering of Computer Based Systems (ECBS)
It will be held at Skysong
Scottsdale Rd at McDowell


April 29 to May 1 is the Sixteenth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics
It will be held at DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort
5401 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ, USA 33316

If you know of any upcoming conferences, please submit the information to, IEEE Phoenix Conference Chair.


Monday, April 22nd, 2013
  • ASU Polytechnic is currently seeking  an Advisor for the Student Branch. Please email Diane with recommendations.
  • Start your own MicroMouse and compete for cash prizes!
    The Section has a full tournament sized MicroMouse maze. Funding for your project may be
    available. For details,  contact Diane .
  •  View pictures from the MicroMouse contest at the Southwest Area Spring 2010 meeting at (photography by David Huerta, GOLD Affinity Group Chair)


Congratulations to our new senior members!

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

IEEE Senior Members for the 2013 year were elected at the IEEE board meeting in February, and the Phoenix Section is glad to welcome our latest inductees:

  • James Abbas
  • Sanket Adhikari
  • Devarajan Balaraman
  • Daren Bridges
  • Thomas La Rose
  • Mirembe Musisi-Nkambwe

If you are an IEEE member with at least 10 years career experience, you too may qualify for election to Senior member.
For more information contact Chuck Weitzel.
For detailed senior grade requirements, see link.