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Legislative Steps in the Pro-patent Direction

New patent legislation would rectify some of the damage done by several court rulings and by Congress.  It would reestablish the fundamental constitutional principle that a U.…
By James Edwards
4 months ago 22

Pepe the Frog Creator Files Copyright Suit Against Infowars over Use of Pepe Likeness on Donald Trump Poster

Artist Matt Furie, the creator of the Pepe the Frog anthropomorphic frog character that has gained notoriety for its use in Internet memes, filed a complaint for …
By Steve Brachmann
8 months ago 0

Conservative Leaders to Trump: 301 investigation of China represents a good first step

Conservative leaders wrote the White House applauding this initiative, based on the property rights implications of IP expropriation. These conservative leaders note that China is hardly the …
By Gene Quinn
10 months ago 2

What Does Mark Hamill Know About Title II Reclassification of Internet Service Providers?

Without the FCC’s ability to regulate ISPs under Title II common carrier regulations, there have been fears that ISPs could create bundled mobile packages such as …
By Steve Brachmann
10 months ago 2

Patent Reform Advocate, Congressman Darrell Issa, Will Not Seek Re-election

Earlier today Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), announced that he will not seek re-election in 2018 and will retire from Congress. Issa, who currently Chairs the House’s Judiciary …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
10 months ago 24

St. Regis Tribe requests oral hearing, seeks discovery on political pressure at PTAB

The St. Regis tribe is seeking discovery on due process concerns posed by the potential of political or third-party pressure asserted to “reach an outcome inconsistent with …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
10 months ago 11

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 …

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 …

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
1 year ago 14

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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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 …

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
1 year 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
1 year ago 21

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