Posts in Capitol Hill


Tech’s Ruling Class Files Amici Briefs with U.S. Supreme Court in Oil States Case

October 30th was a very busy day for amici filing briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court on how the highest court in the nation should decide …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 7

Law Professors File Briefs with the Supreme Court in Oil States

A review of amici briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC provides evidence of …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 5

House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte Announces Retirement

Earlier today Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), who has been Chair of the House Judiciary Committee and a strong proponent for patent reform, announced that he would be …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 10

Tax Bill Proposes Repeal of Capital Gains Treatment for Patents

The rule treating the transfer of a patent prior to its commercial exploitation as being available for long-term capital gains treatment would be repealed... Obviously, it is …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 7

Texas Representative Lamar Smith to Retire from Congress

Longtime Texas Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology, will be retiring from his duties on Capitol Hill and will not …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 2

Restoring the Right to Permanent Injunctions: A Patent Reform Agenda

Overrule eBay v. MercExchange and grant permanent injunctions to victorious patent owners as a matter of right. This singular change to U.S. patent laws – which is …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 10

Double jeopardy at the PTAB forces Allergan and others to seek sovereign immunity defenses

The PTAB subjects all patent owners to double jeopardy, but the situation is particularly bad for pharmaceutical companies which already have to face a Congressionally-mandated validity review …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 0

Senator’s statements on FCC Chair Ajit Pai and net neutrality show a bias towards tech ruling class

Lost in all of this rhetoric over Chairman Pai’s supposed interest in limiting Internet access for Americans are the activities being overseen by Pai which are …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
4 months ago 3

St. Regis Mohawks, BIO send letters to Senate Judiciary slamming the unfair playing field of IPRs at PTAB

On Thursday, October 12th, a pair of letters addressed to the bipartisan leadership of the Senate Judiciary Committee were delivered in an attempt to inform Senators on …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 22

Andrei Iancu submits questionnaire to Senate, more info on USPTO Director nominee

There is growing speculation among Capitol Hill watchers that the Judiciary Committee may soon be ready to hold a nomination hearing to vet Iancu’s credentials to …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
4 months ago 5

Efficient infringer lobby achieves bipartisan effort to abrogate Native American tribal sovereignty

The patent deal with the St. Regis tribe doesn’t shield the patents from validity challenges coming from a Hatch-Waxman trial recently concluded in Texas federal court. “…
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 15

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Outraged at Senator McCaskill over Sovereign Immunity Bill

McCaskill's seemingly calculated ploy to get out in front of other Senators, all alone in her demand for a legislative solution that strips Native American Indian Tribes …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 13

Senator McCaskill introduces bill to abrogate Native American Sovereign Immunity

Senator McCaskill (D-MO) has introduced a bill to abrogate the sovereign immunity of Indian tribes as a defense in inter partes review (IPR) proceedings at the United …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 34

Senate Republicans discuss patent reform in private briefing with infringer lobby

The Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force convened in order to hear from patent experts on the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in TC Heartland, …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 8

House Republicans Propose USPTO as an Independent Agency

This afternoon the House Budget Committee released a non-binding budget blueprint titled Building a Better America: A Plan for Fiscal Responsibility. As a part of this proposed …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 32