Posts in Capitol Hill


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
22 hours ago 4

The Top 3 Reasons the U.S. Patent System in Decline

Concerns over software and biotechnological innovations being patent eligible, the omnipresent threat of patent reform that could make it even more difficult to enforce the patent property …
By Gene Quinn
3 days ago 16

Congress seeks to make Register of Copyrights a Presidential Appointment

H.R. 1695 would amend 17 U.S.C. 701. Currently, the Register of Copyrights is appointed by the Librarian of Congress, and acts under the Librarian’s direction and …
By Gene Quinn
3 days ago 0

The Senate Must Vet Vishal Amin

As Senior Counsel of the House Judiciary Committee, Vishal Amin was a primary architect of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), the administrative tribunal that has …
By Paul Morinville
6 days ago 19

Other Barks for Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Uber is initiating a patent purchase program and is accepting submissions through May 23, 2017. British musician Ed Sheeran settles a copyright infringement suit that alleged "Photograph" was infringing. …
By Gene Quinn
17 days ago 0

FTC acting chair Ohlhausen tells ABA IP conference agency revised IP guidelines are ‘modest’, give FTC flexibility

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will not be radically changing the analysis used to address antitrust issues presented by patent law issues. The news stems …
By Steve Brachmann
18 days ago 0

Other Barks for Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Google tries to strike a “patent peace” with a new cross-licensing initiative for Android developers. The Federal Circuit is petitioned for review of a judgment in a …
By Steve Brachmann
24 days ago 1

Other Barks for Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case that could create venue limitations on patent infringement actions. A major Korean consumer tech firm files its first …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

The Plight of the Public Sector Entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur isn't easy. While it is a tough road for anyone, it's particularly tough if you're in the public sector and threatened by politicians... Rather, …
By Joseph Allen
1 month ago 1

Other Barks for Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

The highest federal court in the United States declines to hear an appeal from tech giants on applying common sense to patent validity challenge proceedings. A group …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

How tech’s ruling class stifles innovation with efficient infringement

Efficient infringement causes distress and agony for innovators struggling to survive,, and widespread efficient infringement absolutely stifles innovation... Innovators today patent their technologies in the hopes of …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 96

Other Barks for Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

A well-known patent monetization firm jumps back into the brokered patent market in 2016’s fourth quarter. A federal judge in New York allows arguments over whether American …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

Patent Office finally confirms Michelle Lee is Director of the USPTO

By letter dated March 10, 2017, the USPTO responded to Mr. Shuster's FOIA request by informing him that "Michelle K. Lee is the Director of the United States Patent …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 30

Have We Gone Too Far to Eradicate Weak Patents?

Asking whether the industry has gone too far to eradicate weak patents misses the point entirely, and to some extent will allow those who want the patent …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 8

Other Barks for Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

A growing Chinese consumer electronics firm acquires a patent portfolio that makes them the fourth global producer of smartphones with the capacity to develop semiconductors in-house. The …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 3