Posts in Department of Commerce


Increasing the ROI from the Federal Labs

The biggest complaint about federal labs is it's too hard to complete deals. Many federal labs must run pending agreements through byzantine departmental procedures. Companies wonder what's …
By Joseph Allen
29 days ago 6

IP rights are essential ingredients to our innovation system

"Let’s talk a bit about intellectual property rights," Undersecretary of Commerce and Director of NIST Walter Copan said at the LES Silicon Valley conference on Wednesday, …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 10

Commerce Secretary ready to push update to tech transfer laws to ensure greater commercialization

Secretary Ross gave an unequivocal endorsement of Bayh-Dole specifically, and more generally saying laws need to be updated to address business and technology realities of today, and …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 1

Innovators and Content Creators Urge USTR Lighthizer to Fight for Strong IP in NAFTA Negotiations

ACTION for Trade asks Lighthizer to consider advocating for strong IP protections and robust enforcement to benefit a diverse group of industries, including digital content producers and …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 0

PTAB Chief Judge defends APJs as having extensive legal experience

The USPTO has provided us with a comment from Chief Judge David Ruschke, who defends APJs of the PTAB as having extensive legal and technical experience. The …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 93

PTAB Judges Shockingly Inexperienced Compared to District Court Judges

This study uncovered several shocking revelations. First, 12.64% of PTAB judges were appointed with less than 5 years of experience prior to their appointment as APJs (i.e., 5 years …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 63

USPTO to Remain Open in spite of Government Shutdown

Regardless of any government shutdown, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will continue normal operations. Unlike other agencies, the USPTO has access to fees collected …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 8

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
11 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
11 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
11 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 months ago 11