USPTO Director Answers Tough Questions On Intellectual Property Issues

Intellectual property law continues to evolve, and the UC system, with “shining star” UCLA, will continue to play a big part in that ever changing landscape.

Under Secretary of Commerce for Innovation and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Michelle Lee imparted those thoughts and many others during a lecture hosted by the UCLA School of Law and UCLA Government and Community Relations on Tuesday, July 28.

photo by Todd Cheney/UCLA Photography

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UCLA professor testifies to the power of space exploration

With Pluto-fever at full fervor the past several weeks, UCLA’s own Dr. Chris Russell found himself before members of Congress to discuss findings from Dawn space exploration mission, which is exploring the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

“It’s the only spacecraft to orbit two extraterrestrial bodies beyond the Earth,” Russell noted the morning of July 28 during his testimony at a hearing of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.    


The Dawn space exploration mission embarked in 2007 toward the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

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Assembly Member Tom Lackey Takes Stock Of UCLA

UCLA health economists, public policy experts, administrators, and members of the Bruin Republicans student group had the opportunity to have lunch and chat with Assembly Member Tom Lackey (R – Antelope Valley) at the Faculty Center on Tuesday, July 28th, as part of his day-long visit to the campus.

Lackey was peppered with questions from attendees on many topics including high-speed rail, depression, healthcare, Medicaid, and the state’s penal system. While well-informed, Lackey emphasized the complexity of many of the issues he was asked about and said he was in a listening-and-learning stage this past session as a freshman legislator.


Assembly Member Tom Lackey helped award medals to Special Olympics athletes on July 28 on campus.

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UCLA volunteers welcome Special Olympics

There’s one sure bet you can make during the Special Olympics World Games taking place at UCLA this week: Athletes, coaches and visitors from all over the world are going to feel the love wherever they go on campus.

As they navigate their way from the Hill to sports venues through Aug. 2, they will be seeing the smiling faces of UCLA volunteers at just about every corner and juncture along the way. That’s been the goal of staff members at the UCLA Volunteer Center, who have been working alongside their UCLA Campus Life colleagues and the world games staff since January 2014.    


UCLA volunteers, in their blue t-shirts, high-five delegates arriving at De Neve from Austria for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. Assignments for volunteers range from translating to applying makeup at the Miss Amazing Pageant taking place tonight.

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UCLA Advocate In Action: Councilman Paul Koretz

Los Angeles Fifth District City Councilman Paul Koretz ’79, has felt a call to public service for just about all of his life, and to think others wouldn’t feel the same is rather “mystifying” to him.

The councilman has worn many political hats during his time in the public spotlight — including West Hollywood mayor, state assembly member and his current position as the de facto city steward for Westwood. And during that time, Koretz has never kept UCLA too far from his heart over the years.

“It is a mystery to me that it is even a fight to maintain a better education system for California,” he said.


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Special Olympics Take Over UCLA With Torch Run

The final leg of the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics hit Westwood Thursday afternoon. Nearly 30 runners, representing law enforcement agencies from around the world, including Australia, Hong Kong, Holland, Canada and the United States, made their way down Westwood Boulevard, stopping at Broxton Avenue where they were greeted by an enthusiastic contingent of Bruins, including the UCLA pep band, the UCLA Spirit Squad and Joe and Josephine Bruin.

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