Posts Tagged: Congress


The High Tech Inventors Alliance: The newest institution of the efficient infringer lobby in D.C.

Eight tech companies owning a collective 115,000 patents announced the establishment of the High Tech Inventors Alliance (HTIA), an organization they claim is “dedicated to supporting balanced patent …
By Steve Brachmann
10 months ago 27

Thomas Massie: America’s Inventor Congressman

“I can tell you, every day Congress is in session there are lobbyists here trying to weaken the patent system,” Massie explained. In Massie’s words, those …
By Gene Quinn
11 months ago 40

A section-by-section look at the STRONGER Patents Act introduced in the Senate

In late June, the Support Technology and Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience (STRONGER) Patents Act of 2017 was introduced into the U.S. Senate …
By Steve Brachmann
11 months ago 8

Issa seems to believe patents are an entitlement, not a property right

For the first 220 years of United States black letter law and precedent based directly on the U.S. Constitution, patents are property rights. Even the Republican Party …
By Paul Morinville
11 months ago 17

House IP subcommittee looks for further ways to curb patent trolls after TC Heartland decision

The day’s hearing focused on the patent troll narrative despite the lack of a substantive connection between that narrative and the TC Heartland case... Rep. Darrell …
By Steve Brachmann
11 months ago 26

Patent troll narrative returns to Capitol Hill as relentless push for patent reform continues

The beauty of the patent troll narrative was it took little time to absorb and instantly painted a pejorative picture in the minds-eye of the listener. It …

Senate judiciary committee holds hearing on intellectual property as a driver of innovation

“As a society, we depend on innovators… to make our lives better and to solve the challenges we face,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), chairman of the …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 14

Congress seeks to make Register of Copyrights a Presidential Appointment

H.R. 1695 would amend 17 U.S.C. 701. Currently, the Register of Copyrights is appointed by the Librarian of Congress, and acts under the Librarian’s direction and …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 0

Supreme Court hears Oral Arguments in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods

Justices Kagan and Ginsburg seemed skeptical. Indeed, Congress has already passed a general venue statute that defined residency “for all venue places – all venue purposes,” as Justice …
By Ryan E. Hatch
1 year ago 2

Can Congress Bar Review of PTAB Decisions to Institute Inter Partes Review?

Wi-Fi One stands among the latest—and potentially the most important—in a series of cases that have called into question both the degree to which Congress …

Change in NASA focus between Administrations may be greatest threat to Mars mission

Multiple members of the hearing’s witness panel attested to the problems created when agency plans change during a change of administration, a problem which Lt. Gen. …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 21

Other Barks & Bites for Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

On the menu this week for Other Barks & Bites... Video game systems developed by Nintendo and Sony are targeted in a patent infringement suit filed in Delaware …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 2

Does Patented Intellectual Property Still Matter? Yes, Depending on Who You Are

If Bill Hewlett and David Packard were just starting in their garage, they might be wise not to waste money acquiring them... An individual inventor, or SME, …

With Agency Accountability Act Congress moves to divert agency fees, but not Patent Office fees

The United States Patent and Trademark Office would be exempt from turning over its collected fees to the Treasury. The USPTO, however, would be required no later …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 0

A Few Thoughts on the Supreme Court’s Section 101 Jurisprudence

I am particularly concerned about the impact this case law has on the patent application process. Instead of focusing on novelty and clarity, examiners and applicants alike …