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Other Barks & Bites for Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

This week’s news headlines include nomination hearings for the potential incoming U.S. Commerce Secretary, the Supreme Court’s granting certiorari for an important case in …
By Steve Brachmann
19 hours ago 2

IP News: The Maiden Voyage of the USS IP Watchy McDogface

Without reneging on our commitment to in-depth coverage of the IP world, we wanted to add a new element to our coverage and today we’re introducing …

IP and the 115th Congress: Meet the Senate Republicans on the Judiciary Committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee is where any action relating to intellectual property reform will be played out during the 115th Congress, at least on the Senate side …
By Gene Quinn
9 days ago 0

Politics of Patent Venue Reform: SCOTUS Taking TC Heartland to Delay Push for Venue Reform

The genesis of the patent venue “problem” is simple: Many patent infringement defendants complain about traveling to the Eastern District of Texas. They feel that it is …
By Peter Harter & Gene Quinn
10 days ago 2

Patent Forecast 2017: Will Patent Courts Be Great Again?

While Congress seems to pass some form of patent legislation roughly every 9 to 11 years, the more important changes with regard to business predictability and economic growth tend …
By Peter Harter & Gene Quinn
11 days ago 3

The Four Consequential Patent Trends of 2016

Suffice it to say that 2016 has been an interesting year. The political climate is much different than one year ago amidst a growing tide of nationalism abroad …
By Steve Brachmann
20 days ago 3

Stepping Back from the Cliff: The Year Congress Didn’t Cave to the Anti-Patent Lobby

For a many years, the pied pipers of the anti-patent lobby whistled the patent troll melody and Congress, desperately in need of a glorious bipartisan victory, pushed …

Passage of the 21st Century Cures Act and its Potential Implications on Biodefense

With the Cures Act now signed into law, the incoming Trump administration has an opportunity to advance the broad-spectrum medical countermeasure goal set forth by the U.…
By Jim Joyce
28 days ago 3

Helping the Patent Pendulum Return to Upside by Preventing Random Walks in Congress

Almost 100% of the pre-election patent reform lobbying efforts were focused on the campaign, which did not prevail and thus on the morning of November 9 the patent community …
By Art Monk
1 month ago 2

House oversight subcommittee grills USPTO on patent examiner time and attendance abuse

“[Time and attendance abuse] may not be widespread, but the data established that claiming hours not worked is a problem at the [USPTO],” said David Smith, Acting …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 10

Financial CHOICE Act could presage Congressional action on administrative abuses at PTAB

One of the effects of this bill, were it enacted by Congress as currently written, would be to modify the enforcement activities of the U.S. Securities …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
1 month ago 3

A Toxic Brew – and the Cure for the U.S. Patent System

The Supreme Court has run two areas of technology, bio and software, into a legal ditch from which there is no escape.... It should be no surprise …
By John White
1 month ago 57

Trump picks automation supporting fast-food CEO Andrew Puzder for Labor Secretary

Automation technology in the restaurant industry, such as interactive kiosks that replace waiters by taking customer orders, is both a cost-cutting move and an investment in improved …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 1

Congress Can Save Software Patents by Repeating One of Its Successes

Part of the problem with the debate over “software patents” has been the near complete failure to accurately describe what these patents protect. Opponents of software patents …
By Dr. David Lund
1 month ago 1

Senate unanimously passes NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2016

The NASA Transition Authorization Act would require NASA to develop propulsion technologies intended to reduce travel time to Mars, as well as develop a strategic framework for …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 0