Posts Tagged: Congress


Senate Small Business Committee finds consensus on patent reform

Significant consensus was reached between representatives of small business and universities at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship on March 19, 2015. …

The Role of Academic Institutions in the Nation’s Innovation System

Universities are dependent upon the U.S. patent system and the capacity of that system to protect the legitimate intellectual property rights of individual university inventors and …
By Dr. Michael Crum
1 year ago 0

In Defense of Patents and Licensing: Why the Newest Attack is Bogus

Fortunately, a new study showing that academic patent licensing contributed more than $1 trillion to the U.S. economy over eighteen years blows the stuffing right out of …
By Joseph Allen
1 year ago 1

The Innovation Act vs. The Innovation System

There is no credible evidence behind proposals to make the drastic changes embodied in the Innovation Act, the removal of discretion from judges to judge each case …
By Dr. Kirti Gupta
1 year ago 3

Professors Urge Caution on Patent Reform

Earlier today 40 economists and law professors wrote to Senate and House Judiciary leaders explaining that the data it that keeps being cited to justify HR 9, otherwise known …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 1

Senate Confirms Michelle Lee to be Director of the USPTO

Earlier today the United States Senate confirmed Michelle Lee to head the United States Patent and Trademark Office, a position that has been vacant since the resignation …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 1

Congress Seeks to Fix Unfair, Outdated Royalties for Songwriters and Composers

According to Congressman Collins, who I spoke with via telephone on Friday, March 6, 2015, there was a great deal of treatment of the SEA at the subcommittee level …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 6

Carly Fiorina says Innovation Act only benefits large corporations, not innovators

Carly Fiorina: '[W]atch carefully who is supporting that [the Innovation Act]. It’s not the small it’s the big. It’s the big companies …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 0

Senator Coons – Patents are about the American Dream

Senator Coons: ''[P]atents are not just foundational. Patents are really about the American Dream. They are about what it means to come to this country …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 1

Demand Letter Legislation Must be Narrowly Tailored

An effort to address bad actors may unnecessarily create significant hurdles for innovators seeking to enforce or license the rights to their own innovations. The fear of …

Pro-patentee Patent Reform, the STRONG Patents Act Introduced in Senate

The STRONG Patents Act appears to be overwhelmingly favorable to innovators and patent owners. This legislation stands in stark contrast with the Innovation Act submitted in the …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 8

Notice letters and licensing communications are an important part of the U.S. patent system

Notice letters play an important role in the patent system. Indeed, as the Supreme Court has explained, ''[p]atents would be of little value if infringers …
By Laurie Self
1 year ago 2

The Innovation Act Will Harm Income, Employment, and Economic Growth

The legal costs of the IP system should be measured against the value of intellectual capital in the U.S. economy, estimated in a study by Kevin …
By Daniel Spulber
1 year ago 12

Patent reformers resort to misrepresentations in WSJ op-ed

It should be self-evident that not all patent owners are patent trolls, and when you acquire rights it is not an economic cost, yet these absurd propositions …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 25

Congress expected to take up federal trade secret legislation in 2015

There was a lot of action on this in the last Congress. There is a group of law professors that have expressed some opposition to the proposal …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 1