Posts in Interviews & Conversations


Does innovation lead to patents, or patents lead to innovation?

We pick up our conversation with me suggesting that there is a problem with claims being found to be abstract when the decision maker has been able …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 22

A Software Patent Discussion with Matt Levy

It is probably fair to say that Matt Levy’s views are contrary to mine with respect to many patent related matters, but particularly so with respect …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 64

Addressing potential IPR abuses and hardships on the patent owner

Russ Slifer: "And as you know by statute the Director is tasked with making the institution decision on an IPR but that’s been delegated to the …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 1

An Exclusive Interview with former USPTO Deputy Director Russ Slifer

As you will see from the transcript, nothing was out of bounds, although because of time we didn't get into everything. Slifer did agree to come back …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 5

If patent laws were correctly calibrated to spur innovation the efficient infringer would pay

Ashley Keller: "However, when you do infringe a patent, even if it was efficient for you to do so, the upshot should be you have to pay. …
By Gene Quinn
7 months ago 9

Does the Patent Gender Gap Matter?

Why should we care about getting more women inventing? What does it matter? You don’t find more innovation by looking in places where you’re not …
By Gene Quinn
8 months ago 0

The Patent Gender Gap Goes Beyond Fewer Women in Math and Sciences

"[W]e are finding that when the schools that are starting to measure their invention disclosure and their patent filings, again with at least one woman represented, …
By Gene Quinn
8 months ago 15

Getting a patent is not the end goal for a startup, it’s just the beginning

RUSS KRAJEC: Getting a patent is not the end goal. Using an issued patent is not the end goal. It’s the beginning for the startup. Think …
By Gene Quinn
10 months ago 1

Patent Financing: An alternative path to protection for startups

RUSS KRAJEC: The startup company has an exclusive license, so they have full control of the asset, and they have a buyout option that can be exercised …
By Gene Quinn
11 months ago 1

Achieving a balanced IP system to ensure content creators can keep creating in the digital age

I think the long-term benefits to authors are greater than the downsides or the risks. But, like any time there's a shakeup of an industry, there are …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 3

Tech Transfer 101: It’s A Better World with University Technology

AUTM collects quantitative data and facts about the benefits of university tech transfer, but the qualitative evidence is actually the most important. With the Better World Report, …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 1

Exit Interview: A Conversation with Outgoing AUTM President Fred Reinhart

During Reinhart's year as President much changed at AUTM. There was a concerted effort to transition to a a strategic board of directors that would result in …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 1

Talking Trademarks: An Exclusive Interview with INTA’s Debbie Cohn

What follows is our wide ranging discussion, which start out with what Cohn is doing with INTA and then moves into an in depth discussion of issues …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 0

Getting to Know Tech Geek and Tchaikovsky Fan, Michelle Lee

That leaves the fun questions, which really give us an opportunity to get to know Director Lee, the type of music she listens to, the movies she …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 0

An Exclusive Interview with USPTO Director Michelle Lee

There were no topics ruled out of bounds for this 30 minute interview, not even the Supreme Court's recent decision to accept cert. in Cuozzo, although as an …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 5