Posts Tagged: Congress


Patent reform fuels fear, paralyzes U.S. innovation market

One thing that all the changes in patent law over the last decade has accomplished is to make it a far better business decision to infringe. There …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 5

House Judiciary approves Innovation Act despite clear lack of consensus

Dissent among members of Congress on the nature of the Innovation Act was evident from the opening remarks of the committee’s two ranking members. Congressman Bob …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0

Patent Reform 101: A comparison of current fee-shifting language

Goodlatte was incredulous, explaining that he sees no substantive difference between the language in the Innovation Act and the language in the PATENT Act. The difference between …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 4

Strict venue provisions for patent litigation added to Innovation Act

Issa’s amendment changes the language so that a party bringing a patent infringement suit where the defendant has its principle place of business, where the defendant …

Amendment to extend CBM defeated in House Judiciary Committee

One of the issues that took up a significant amount of time during the first half of the hearing was the proposed extension of the transitional program …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 3

House Judiciary to Markup Innovation Act this Week

The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday morning, June 11, 2015, at 10am ET in order to markup the Innovation Act. The Manager's Amendment is currently …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 0

Don’t Pull Up the Ladder: Congressional Inventors Should Oppose Weakening Patents

The need for Rep. Issa’s company to enforce its rights reminds us that inventors and small businesses often have to protect their patents through litigation. But …

Vocal minority cannot keep PATENT Act from passing Senate Judiciary

At the end of a three-hour long hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary this Thursday, June 4th, S.1137, the proposed legislation known …

Senators mistaken, IPRs do not frustrate Hatch-Waxman

Senators repeatedly brought up the Hatch-Waxman legislation. One after another Senators discussed how inter partes review (IPR) of pharmaceutical patents at the United States Patent and Trademark …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 5

Senate Judiciary Committee to Markup PATENT Act

According to Grassley’s office, the amended PATENT Act will provide important reforms for the way that the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) of the United …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 3

The Ups and Downs of the Innovation Act of 2015

Strong patent protection is almost universally considered critical to robust innovation. Venture capital and private investment in new technology-based businesses heavily depend upon it. Yet, the Innovation …
By Glenn Forbis
1 year ago 5

Senators Booker, Hoeven draw up bipartisan bill promoting commercial drone use

The proposed bill comes as welcome news to large companies like Google and Amazon which have been looking for ways to start developing beyond line-of-sight flight plans …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0

If patent reform goes wrong

A truism in politics is that issues are driven by stories. One of the most successful is the saga of the patent troll. That’s driving the …
By Joseph Allen
1 year ago 3

Judge Michel says Congress stuck in a time warp on patent reform

The problem facing the country as embodied in Congressional proposals to change the patent system is that it’s stuck in a time warp. Congress acts as …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 6

Why customer stays are terrible for the patent system

Another discrepancy is between the stated legislative goals and the actual proposed language. This is perhaps demonstrated in starkest relief in the “customer stay” provision found in …