Posts in Department of Commerce


Senate confirms dozens of Trump nominees, including new IP Czar

Vishal Amin was confirmed to be the IP enforcement coordinator at the White House and Peter Davidson was confirmed to be general counsel at the Commerce Department. …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 39

The next PTO Director must grasp the fundamental fact that a patent secures a property right

A group of private companies, professional associations, conservative policy organizations, and investors/commercializers sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross urging the Trump Administration to pick …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 17

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
4 months ago 10

Koch linked group backs Phil Johnson as next PTO Director

Conventional wisdom in patent political circles says Iancu, but the pro-patent community has long supported Phil Johnson, although not in a particularly vocal or effective way. With …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 14

President Trump must pick a PTO Director who believes patents are private property rights

The Supreme Court has long stated patents are property rights, and the statute says they are to be treated as they are property rights. Taking property rights …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 5

What Direction Will the Incoming Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Need to Provide?

Overall, incoming USPTO leadership must have the capacity to see the “big picture” and weigh options for improving our innovation economy. Recognition that recent changes have weakened …
By Manny Schecter
5 months ago 2

Next PTO Director faces a U.S. patent system at a crossroads

It is imperative that the next PTO Director hold certain fundamental believes. At a minimum, the next Director must: (1) View issued patents as an important and valuable …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 10

Andrei Iancu: The man who may be the next USPTO Director

If the Washington, DC rumor mill is correct Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will soon announce that Andrei Iancu will be the next Under Secretary of Commerce for …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 11

On the Next USPTO Director, Patents as a Private Property Right

Above all, LES recommends appointing a Director dedicated to protecting intellectual property, generally, and patents in particular, as the private property right our nation’s founders envisioned. …
By Brian O’Shaughnessy
5 months ago 5

Next PTO Director must have management experience, patent savvy, and leadership skills

The future of America's innovation economy hangs in the balance. It is time for the patent community to call on the Administration to select someone with the …
By Judge Paul Michel
5 months ago 6

Next head of the USPTO should believe patents are property rights and not public rights

An ideal candidate for the next head of the USPTO would be someone who understands that patents are property not public rights, that issued patents are valid …
By John Calvert & Warren Tuttle
5 months ago 11

Meet Joe Matal: A profile of USPTO interim director Joseph Matal

Inside the beltway Matal is a well known entity, having served as a Staffer in the Senate and responsible for ushering the America Invents Act (AIA) through …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 35

Associate Solicitor Joe Matal named Acting Director of the USPTO

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has named U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Associate Solicitor Joseph Matal to perform the functions and duties of …
By Gene Quinn
6 months ago 18

USPTO Director Michelle Lee Resigns

Michelle Lee sent an e-mail to employees of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) notifying recipients that she had submitted a letter of resignation. There …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 38

Is Trump being bamboozled by Obama holdovers on patent policy?

The USPTO’s Obama holdovers Michelle Lee and Tony Scardino are simply co-opting the exact language used in Obama's budgets for fiscal years 2015 to 2017 into Trump’s 2018 …
By Paul Morinville
6 months ago 21