Posts in Capitol Hill


Senators Coons and Cotton introduce STRONGER Patents Act of 2017

This comprehensive legislation is exactly what is needed to strengthen our patent system, which will promote American innovation, competitiveness and job creation. For roughly a decade now, …
By Brian Pomper
6 days ago 23

House IP subcommittee looks for further ways to curb patent trolls after TC Heartland decision

The day’s hearing focused on the patent troll narrative despite the lack of a substantive connection between that narrative and the TC Heartland case... Rep. Darrell …
By Steve Brachmann
10 days ago 26

Lefstin, Mossoff critique SCOTUS’ sense of history and negative impacts on today’s patent system

“The Supreme Court has told us, and told itself, a particular story -- a story based in history to justify its current regime,” Lefstin said near the …
By Steve Brachmann
17 days ago 8

Meet Joe Matal: A profile of USPTO interim director Joseph Matal

Inside the beltway Matal is a well known entity, having served as a Staffer in the Senate and responsible for ushering the America Invents Act (AIA) through …

How patent troll rhetoric has wrecked the U.S. patent system

The pressure to adhere to the patent troll rhetoric was difficult for people to grasp if they don’t live within Silicon Valley, Causevic noted. He noted …
By Steve Brachmann
24 days ago 24

With a Supreme Court hostile to inventors, venture capital and many startups moving to China

Due to the death of the patent troll narrative, venue reform would never have made it through Congress, but the infringer lobby doesn’t need Congress when …
By Paul Morinville
27 days ago 21

Senate judiciary committee holds nomination hearing for Vishal J. Amin to serve as IPEC

At the top of Amin’s prepared remarks delivered to the Senate judiciary committee, he noted the fact that the importance of protecting IP was made explicit …
By Steve Brachmann
29 days ago 0

Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund remembers Conservative legend and champion of inventors, patent system

Phyllis Schlafly was a giant who well understood the importance of the U.S. patent system, why structural choices were made that lead to a unique patent …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 3

Former Cisco Executive Giancarlo peels back ‘false narrative’ on patent trolls, patent reform

The true agenda of those who support further reform of the U.S. patent system is as follows: to discriminate against entities which license technologies instead of …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 11

America’s largest tech firms acknowledge plenty of issues with the current U.S. patent system

Typically, the reform debate over the U.S. patent system features smaller players, but America’s largest tech firms also have issues with the patent system, which …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 6

Declines in U.S. innovation, entrepreneurship the focus at Capitol Hill patent policy event

At the same time that America’s business climate has become too acidic for a vast majority of domestic startups, the nation has also been losing its …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 8

Patent troll narrative returns to Capitol Hill as relentless push for patent reform continues

The beauty of the patent troll narrative was it took little time to absorb and instantly painted a pejorative picture in the minds-eye of the listener. It …
By Chris Gallagher & Gene Quinn
2 months ago 9

Senate judiciary committee holds hearing on intellectual property as a driver of innovation

“As a society, we depend on innovators… to make our lives better and to solve the challenges we face,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), chairman of the …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 14

Lex Machina reports that Q1 2017 saw fewest patent infringement cases since Q3 2011

One of the key findings is that only 938 patent infringement actions were filed in district courts during the recent quarter, a total which is the lowest for …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 4

Are conflicts of interest at the PTAB leading to preferential decisions for Apple?

The lead APJ serving on the panel of multiple CBM reviews petitioned by Apple, who also wrote the final written decision on at least one CBM review …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 42