Posts in Department of Justice


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
2 months ago 38

Why is the government suspicious of patent owners who don’t want to vertically integrate?

Why does U.S. policy with respect to patent owners and patent licensing seem to be in direct opposition to U.S. antitrust policy relating to vertical …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 10

How patent troll rhetoric has wrecked the U.S. patent system

The pressure to adhere to the patent troll rhetoric was difficult for people to grasp if they don’t live within Silicon Valley, Causevic noted. He noted …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 24

Conservative Ideology Will Rebuild the Patent System

Congress sent H.R. 5, the House-passed Regulatory Accountability Separation of Powers Restoration Act, to the Senate's Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee on January 12, 2017. When enacted it will …
By Robert P. Greenspoon
8 months ago 18

Other Barks & Bites for Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

This week’s news headlines include nomination hearings for the potential incoming U.S. Commerce Secretary, the Supreme Court’s granting certiorari for an important case in …
By Steve Brachmann
8 months ago 3

Couple charged with funding large crime ring to produce counterfeit 5-hour ENERGY found guilty

Joseph and Adriana Shayota were recently found guilty of manufacturing and selling millions of counterfeit bottles 5-hour ENERGY. They were kingpins in a criminal ring of 11 people …
By Steve Brachmann
10 months ago 0

Schedule I status for marijuana prompts TTAB to deny trademark registration for JUJU Joints

A decision to deny trademark registration for two marks to be used on marijuana related goods was handed down in late October by the USPTO’s Trademark …
By Steve Brachmann
10 months ago 0

Review the Rule Act would delay SCOTUS proposed changes to Rule 41 on warrants for electronic searches

The Review the Rule Act of 2016 was introduced into the U.S. Senate by Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), which would delay amendments to Federal Rule of Criminal …
By Steve Brachmann
10 months ago 0

FTC and DOJ Antitrust Division Seek Comment on Proposed Update to IP Licensing Guidelines

The IP Licensing Guidelines, which state the agencies’ antitrust enforcement policy with respect to the licensing of intellectual property protected by patent, copyright, and trade secret law …

Senators told FTC report on patent assertion entities due out this spring

When patents were brought up in the hearing, however, it seemed to focus mainly on their effects in the pharmaceutical world. Ramirez’s prepared remarks for the …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 5

Not Getting the Truth about the FBI, Apple, the San Bernardino Terrorists, and Hacking an iPhone

The FBI is not asking for a backdoor to the Apple iOS. Apple says that the FBI wants Apple to create a new version of the iOS …
By Bob Zeidman
2 years ago 30

Police surveillance innovations include facial recognition, social media analytics

Data mining and predictive analytics designed to enhance the decision making process for law enforcement officials have been utilized in Richmond, VA, for more than a decade …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 1

Kim Dotcom extradition case highlights de facto SOPA, PIPA rules

New Zealand Judge Nevin Dawson handed down a ruling that would allow the United States to move forward with the extradition of Kim Dotcom, the founder of …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 5

IEEE policy arbitrarily reduces protection given to Wi-Fi-related patents

The IEEE’s new policy will arbitrarily reduce the level of protection given to Wi-Fi-related patents, impose unconstitutional limits on patent rights, and end the traditional market-based …

DOJ should not approve IEEE patent policy weakening WiFi patents

This radical new policy would sharply and artificially reduce the level of protection given to Wi-Fi-related patents. If approved, the change would immediately depress the future development …
By Brian Pomper
3 years ago 2