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Special Interests are Watching Academic Tech Transfer

The original motivation for the Bayh-Dole Act was to encourage the commercialization of academic innovation so that new technologies could be available for the benefit of all. …
By Nikki Borman
4 days ago 0

Consumer Technology Association Preaches Patent Troll Fairy Tale to Crowd During Fireside Chat with Iancu at SXSW

USPTO Director Andrei Iancu participated in a fireside chat, titled “The Crossroads of Technology and Innovation,” hosted by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) at its sixth annual …
By Jeff Hardin
4 days ago 20

Meet the Democrats of the 116th House IP Subcommittee

With congress out of session this week, it is a good time to meet the members of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, …
By IPWatchdog
5 days ago 0

Senate IP Subcommittee Hears Testimony from Iancu, Debates Hot-Button IP Issues

On the afternoon of Wednesday, March 13, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property held an oversight hearing of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office …
By Steve Brachmann
5 days ago 0

Congressman Steve Stivers on the STRONGER Patents ACT, USPTO Reforms, and the State of U.S. Innovation

Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Representative Bill Foster (D-IL) introduced the Support Technology & Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience (STRONGER) Patents Act, which would …
By Gene Quinn
5 days ago 16

In Memory: Farewell to Senator Birch Bayh

On Wednesday, March 14, we lost Senator Birch Bayh.  We knew for several months that this day wasn't far off, as his health rapidly declined.  I wanted to …
By Joseph Allen
11 days ago 5

Up and Running: Senate IP Subcommittee Debates USPTO Oversight After Setting Ambitious Agenda in February

Today, March 13, the Senate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property met to discuss “Oversight of the United States Patent and Trademark Office,” with USPTO Director Andrei Iancu as the …
By IPWatchdog
12 days ago 2

House Health Subcommittee Holds Fractious Hearing on Drug Pricing and Patent Protections

On the morning of Thursday, March 7, the House Ways & Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Health held a hearing titled Promoting Competition to Lower Medicare Drug Prices. The …
By Steve Brachmann
12 days ago 16

New Study Shows Bayh-Dole is Working as Intended—and the Critics Howl

Just as the drug pricing debate on Capitol Hill is heating up, an important new study, "The Bayh-Dole Act's Vital Importance to the U.S. Life-Sciences Innovation …
By Joseph Allen
13 days ago 0

IP and Innovation on Capitol Hill: Week of March 11

This week on Capitol Hill, both houses of Congress are abuzz with a full schedule of hearings related to science, technology and innovation topics. In the House …
By IPWatchdog
14 days ago 1

Other Barks & Bites for Friday, March 8

This week in Other Barks & Bites: The United Nations highlights the importance of women in innovation on International Women's Day; Comments due today on USPTO Section 101 Guidance; …
By IPWatchdog
16 days ago 0

Congress is Trying to Fix 101: To Do So, They Must Overrule Mayo

The state of patent eligibility in America is shocking. Between the passage of the 1952 Patent Act and 2012, when the U.S. Supreme Court decided Mayo Collaborative Services …
By Gene Quinn
17 days ago 34

China Trademark Office Attempts to Curb Bad Faith Filings

On February 12, the China Trademark Office (CTMO) published a draft regulation titled “Several Provisions on Regulating the Application for Registration of Trademarks” for public comment. This draft …
By Paolo Beconcini
18 days ago 0

What Happens to Diagnostic Method Patents After Athena?

I am sure that the justices of the Supreme Court did not anticipate the confusion they created when they issued their controversial decision in Alice Corporation v. …
By Robert Stoll
19 days ago 5

Elgin v. Dept. of the Treasury and Preserving Constitutional Issues Before the USPTO

Those who practice in the field of patents tend to focus almost exclusively upon developments in patent law and pay less attention to developments in other areas …
By Daniel Hanson
20 days ago 1