Posts Tagged: Congress


Federal Trade Secret Legislation Would Strengthen U.S. Economy and Promote the Rule of Law

In a 2014 Heritage Foundation Legal Memorandum, I highlighted the growing problem of trade secret misappropriation faced by American business, and explained that an appropriately crafted federal law …
By Alden Abbott
1 year ago 6

Bias in Both Directions: Patent Reform Should Protect Both Accused Infringers and Inventors

What’s stunning about this list is that almost nobody talks about reforming patent law to correct these biases! In general, the only biases that are socially …
By Kip Werking
1 year ago 8

Defend Trade Secrets Act ready for markup in Senate Judiciary Committee

Earlier today the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Defend Trade Secrets Act, which is authored by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Orrin …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 6

Patent Reform – What’s Driving the Patent Legislative Agenda?

Phil Johnson on IPR: "I think with hindsight we might say they made the mistake of relying on the Patent Office to promulgate regulations for fair proceedings …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 12

Misleading patent troll narrative driven by anecdote, not facts

''An anecdote is a snapshot, a one-dimensional shard of the big picture. It is lacking in scale, perspective, and data,'' authors Steven Levitt and Stephan Dubner …
By Laurie Self
1 year ago 6

A NASA journey to nowhere may be exactly what U.S. needs

It’s unfortunate that NASA has had to operate in such a unfavorable climate, being pushed for more and more answers out of its space exploration program …

A fear of trade secret trolls is completely unfounded

Fears about trade secret trolls are based in mythology, not on fact. If those claiming federal trade secret legislation would lead to trade secret trolls actually understand …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 7

With Boehner gone will House Freedom Caucus be conservative on patent reform?

Will House Freedom Caucus members be conservative on patent reform, or will conservatives continue to support the Obama/Google patent reform agenda? Ironically, while Speaker Boehner has …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 5

Patents, Prosperity and Political Systems

Unfortunately, we are going through another period where many see the triumvirate of big government, big business and big labor guiding an economy stuck at a 2% growth …
By Joseph Allen
1 year ago 8

A false patent reform narrative – The Innovation Act is not about small businesses

you continually hear from Members of Congress, Staffers and those giant companies pushing for weaker patents that the goal of the bill is nothing more than to …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 13

Fat cats have the patent system perpetually on the brink

The stark reality of how government operates leaves us with a patent system that will be perpetually on the brink. Giant corporations have become effectively insulated from …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 31

How a Washington Breakfast Influenced Conservative Votes on Patent Reform

By May 22, 2015, Congressman Goodlatte scheduled at least three $1,000 a plate breakfasts for wavering Judiciary Committee Conservatives. Money made at these breakfasts went directly to the Conservative’s …
By Paul Morinville
1 year ago 14

The path to prosperity requires sound patent policy, not more patent reform

Innovation is the lifeblood of a prosperous economy. Sound patent policy, which encourages the nexus between risk and ideas (especially for small entrepreneurs), makes invention profitable. The …

Conservative Groups Upping Patent Bill Opposition

Leading organizations of the Conservative Movement have stepped up their game informing Congress on the philosophical reasons for opposing the Innovation Act and its Senate companion, the …
By James Edwards
1 year ago 0

Will the Obama Administration continue to seek amendments to the Innovation Act?

As patent reform keeps chugging along in Washington, an important briefing was held on Thursday, July 23rd, between members and staff of the U.S. House of …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 14