Posts in Capitol Hill


Patent Bar Groups Propose Legislation to Fix Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Problems

Over the past few months, several of the major intellectual property organizations have developed proposed legislative fixes to patent subject matter holdings by the courts. The American …
By Robert Stoll
2 months ago 62

ABOTA defends Judge Gilstrap in response to political pressure from Darrell Issa

Issa decried Judge Gilstrap’s “overreach” in denying a motion to transfer venue in a case coming after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in TC …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 5

Chinese President Xi Jinping says infringers should be punished and pay a heavy price

“Wrongdoing should be punished more severely so that IP infringers will pay a heavy price,” Xi said. At a time when President Xi is actively moving China’…
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
2 months ago 10

Thoughts From the Amtrak: Leaps of Faith and the U.S. Patent System

All too often I’m reminded that today’s American patent system is more droit du USPTO than it is the system for the innovative masses as …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 18

House IP Subcommittee holds yet another one-sided hearing on bad patents and patent trolls

House IP subcommittee chair Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) led off the hearing by discussing the large number of interests who are often on Capitol Hill to discuss …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 29

Autonomous vehicle development keeps creeping forward to a self-driving future

Autonomous, or self-driving, vehicles are coming, even if it’s going to take some time for the technology to become fully operational on U.S. highways. When …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 1

Proposal from Senator King Won’t Reduce Drug Prices, Just Innovation

Many were stunned to learn that Senator Angus King (I-ME) included language undermining the Bayh-Dole Act in the report of the Senate Armed Services Committee as it …
By Joseph Allen
2 months ago 3

$17 million: The real and staggering cost to patent in the US in the PTAB age

At least $17 million. That is what my Bunch O Balloons patent has cost so far. It could grow to $50 million. Yes, we are talking about water balloons, …
By Josh Malone
2 months ago 35

The High Tech Inventors Alliance: The newest institution of the efficient infringer lobby in D.C.

Eight tech companies owning a collective 115,000 patents announced the establishment of the High Tech Inventors Alliance (HTIA), an organization they claim is “dedicated to supporting balanced patent …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 27

Is Congressman Darrell Issa a patent troll?

Only $128,000 collected from a combined 13 cases? That is less than $10,000 per case, which doesn't even approach the nuisance value the truly bad actors, the true patent trolls …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
2 months ago 26

Why is Steven Anderson of Culver Franchising testifying on patent reform in front of Congress?

Why is Steven Anderson citing his case as a reason why Congress must create stricter venue rules when he hasn’t even filed a motion to transfer …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 4

Thomas Massie: America’s Inventor Congressman

“I can tell you, every day Congress is in session there are lobbyists here trying to weaken the patent system,” Massie explained. In Massie’s words, those …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 40

A section-by-section look at the STRONGER Patents Act introduced in the Senate

In late June, the Support Technology and Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience (STRONGER) Patents Act of 2017 was introduced into the U.S. Senate …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 8

Issa seems to believe patents are an entitlement, not a property right

For the first 220 years of United States black letter law and precedent based directly on the U.S. Constitution, patents are property rights. Even the Republican Party …
By Paul Morinville
3 months ago 17

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
3 months ago 23