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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
27 days ago 3

Following the money trail from Mapbox to the Kushners and Trump Administration

There are clearly many thousands of companies both large and small with far greater experience and in a far better position to advise Congress on the issue …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
3 months ago 7

Trump nominates Andrei Iancu to be USPTO Director

On Friday, August 25, 2017, the Trump Administration announced several nominations, one of which was the nomination of Andrei Iancu to be the next Under Secretary of Commerce for …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 13

MA State Senator Eric Lesser makes push towards reform on bad faith patent assertions

The HuffPost recently published a piece authored by Massachusetts State Senator Eric P. Lesser (D), which is titled Patent Trolls Are Trolling Startups In Massachusetts - And …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 1

Judge Michel tells Congress it isn’t helpful to talk about quality, patents are either valid or invalid

“I think at the end of the day, patents are either valid or invalid as a legal instrument and therefore it’s not very helpful to talk …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 6

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
4 months ago 18

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
5 months ago 26

Chinese solar farms make country a global leader in renewables despite world’s deadliest air quality

The Anhui solar farm is the world’s largest floating farm but its 40 MW capacity is much lower than other large photovoltaic power stations across the world. …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 3

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

Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund remembers Conservative legend and champion of inventors, patent system

Phyllis Schlafly was a giant who well understood the importance of the U.S. patent system, why structural choices were made that lead to a unique patent …
By Gene Quinn
6 months ago 3

Will President Trump directly negotiate Medicare prescription drug pricing?

The savings impact of directly negotiated drug costs is considered negligible, but intrusion into biomedical pricing will destabilize life science commercialization... Any way you slice it, added …
By Chris Gallagher
9 months ago 2

Michelle Lee continues to sign issued patents, possible larger Administration role suggested

According to an update given by Issa to Politico, Lee has been held over by the Trump Administration and she might be in line for some Administration …
By Gene Quinn
9 months ago 24

Trademark applications filed on Trump’s 2020 campaign slogan, Keep America Great

When President Donald Trump’s campaign for re-election starts gearing up for the 2020 election season, you will know it when you hear him say that he wants …
By Steve Brachmann
10 months ago 0

The Uncertain Status of Michelle Lee Wounds the Patent System, Causes Political Anxiety

Going to DEFCON 1 has no doubt begun, and will only continue, as those who are opposed to Lee staying continue to publicly explain why she must go. …
By Gene Quinn
10 months ago 51

Cruel and Unusual: Rumors swirl, still no answer on PTO Director

Fresh rumors surfaced late last night, however, suggesting that Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld is currently Acting Director of the USPTO. Two independent sources also told us …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
10 months ago 21