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Capitol Hill Roundup

This week in Capitol Hill hearings, it will be a relatively light week all around, and particularly so for those who focus on intellectual property, technology and …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 0

House Aviation Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), Flying Cars and Passenger Drones

The development of UAS vehicles for delivering packages or passengers could go a long way in alleviating issues of congestion occurring along the nation’s roadways. Aviation …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 0

Canary in a Coal Mine: Sovereign Measures to Shield Patents from PTAB Raise Great Concerns

Congress must remove any meaningful advantage from sovereign ownership of patents by revising USPTO post-grant procedures so outcomes are more aligned with adjudication in the federal courts. …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 38

Capitol Hill Roundup

This week in Capitol Hill hearings, automated systems for providing railroad safety control, innovative Medicare initiatives and the Army Futures Command are discussed in the House of …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 2

A Personal Plea From the Zip-It Inventor to Support the Inventor Protection Act

Cobra Products filed a lawsuit for patent infringement. G.T. Water then filed for a re-examination of my patent at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office …
By Gene Luoma
6 months ago 35

Compulsory Licensing for Medicare Drugs– Another Bad Idea from Capitol Hill

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) recently introduced the Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act of 2018. Lest the title confuse you, by "competitive licensing" Rep. Doggett means compulsory licensing …
By Joseph Allen
6 months ago 42

Senate Commerce Committee Holds FCC Oversight Hearing to Discuss Net Neutrality and Rural Broadband Deployment

Last week the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing to conduct oversight of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Although there was the typical …
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 1

Congressman Rohrabacher Introduces the Inventor Protection Act to Protect Inventor-Owned Patents

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) has introduced H.R. 6557, the Inventor Protection Act, into the House of Representatives. This bill is the latest proposed piece of legislation to …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 57

House Energy Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Energy Storage for Improved Grid Reliability in Rural Communities and Renewables

The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy recently convened a hearing titled Powering America: The Role of Energy Storage in the Nation’s Electricity …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 0

Joint Economic Committee Holds Hearing on Innovation Economy, Barriers to Accessing Capital

One panel witness, Rachel King, CEO of the Rockville, MD-based biotech firm GlycoMimetics, said that she was greatly concerned by the effects of the IPR process and …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 1

Congresswoman Lofgren Sends Letter to USPTO Director Iancu Opposing Proposed Changes to Claim Construction Rule at PTAB

Congresswoman Lofgren is now opposing a rule change she previously endorsed as an original co-sponsor of a bill that would have changed the claim construction rule in …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 18

House Small Business Committee Holds Hearing on ZTE Sanctions, Chinese Cybersecurity Threats

Several weeks ago, the House Small Business Committee held a hearing titled ZTE: A Threat to America’s Small Businesses to explore the economic and national security …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 0

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Holds Hearing on China’s Threat to U.S. Innovation Leadership

On the morning of Thursday, July 19th, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence held a hearing titled China’s Threat to American Government and Private Sector …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 3

House Subcommittees Hold Hearing on China’s Predatory Trade, Investment Strategy

The day’s hearing featured discussion of actions the U.S. government should be taking in order to counter deceptive trade practices pursued by the Chinese government, …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 0

Legislation Introduced in House to Repeal the PTAB and the AIA

There are 13 sections to Massie’s bill, many of which are geared towards the abolition of various statutes of the AIA. Perhaps the most salient portion of …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 24