Posts in Capitol Hill


Why should we encourage generics to challenge pharma patents?

What was the federal government thinking when Hatch-Waxman originally passed. Why would Congress incentivize generic manufacturers to challenge the patents of pharmaceutical companies? It is the same …
By Gene Quinn
7 hours ago 0

Senator Hatch files Amendment to Fix IPRs for Pharma, Save Hatch-Waxman

Late yesterday, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), co-author of the Hatch-Waxman Act, filed an amendment in the Senate Judiciary Committee to address what many characterize as abusive inter …
By Gene Quinn
3 days ago 17

Google Changes Its Code of Conduct After Years of Being Evil Towards Patent Owners

However, in intellectual property circles, it would be easy question whether Google has lived up to the goal of not doing, or being, evil... Google’s efforts …
By Steve Brachmann
9 days ago 22

New Reports says Engine, EFF are Shills for Google on Patent Reform

Google’s efforts to decimate the U.S. patent system to protect its own interests is a fact of life that is becoming more clear day by …
By Steve Brachmann
13 days ago 33

Lofgren Supported Eliminating BRI Before She Was Against It

Congresswoman Lofgren seems quick to forget that she was one of the original co-sponsors of the Innovation Act when it was introduced into the House back in …

Lofgren, Issa Denounce Proposed PTAB Claim Construction Changes in Oversight Hearing

found it disturbing that the Director Iancu would circumvent the prerogative of Congress with recently announced proposed PTAB claim construction changes, though she admitted the decision wasn’…
By Steve Brachmann
24 days ago 18

Iancu: ‘It is unclear what is patentable and what is not, and that can depress innovation’

Earlier today USPTO Director Andrei Iancu testified at an Oversight Hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. In addition to detailing forthcoming changes to post grant proceedings, Director …
By Gene Quinn
26 days ago 28

Content Creators Coalition Calls on Congress to Grill Google Over Privacy and Drug Sales Concerns

In early May, the online creator advocacy group Content Creators Coalition (c3) published a digital ad calling on Congress to hold hearings to look into various illegal …
By Steve Brachmann
28 days ago 0

Patent Trolls, Superpredators and Deplorables: The Ramifications of Political Bullying

This damaging narrative, which portrays inventors in an incredibly disrespectful way, has been allowed to infect the highest levels of our nation’s government... Aside from the …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 70

Is the pro-patent community going to continue to lose every battle?

It is understandable that inventors, investors and others supportive of strong patent rights would be skeptical, and I've heard and read much skepticism. If not now, when? …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 38

Senators Discuss Counterfeits at GIPC, INTA Forum for World IP Day

On Thursday, April 24th, I attended a Sports Industry briefing and cocktail reception in honor of World IP day.   The program was sponsored by the U.S. …
By Renee C. Quinn
2 months ago 1

USPTO Director Andrei Iancu Discusses Patentability of Algorithms, PTAB Proceedings at Senate Judiciary Committee

Sen. Harris followed up by asking whether algorithms were mathematical representations of laws of nature. “You’re getting right to the heart of the issue,” Iancu said. …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 19

Director Iancu tells Senate: 101 is an issue “we must all address”

"The PTO we will work to provide more concrete tests – to the extent possible given Supreme Court precedent," Director Iancu said speaking about patent eligibility. "This is …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 19

The Music Modernization Act is Introduced Into U.S. House, Would Create Blanket Licenses for Streaming Music Services

a bipartisan group of Representatives serving on the House Judiciary Committee introduced the Music Modernization Act (H.R. 5447) into the U.S. House of Representatives. Along with …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

The House IP Subcommittee: A Bunch of Fiddling Neros Watching the U.S. Patent System Burn

Interestingly, in the history of the entire CBM program, only three petitions have ended with final written decisions upholding all claims as valid. That’s 1 percent of …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 7