Posts Tagged: Patent Reform


Google collects patents while lobbying against them

If patents are so bad and Google has to spend so much money lobbying to weaken the patent system, why is the company simultaneously buying patents and …

Patent Reform Advances on Capitol Hill

Yesterday the House Committee on Energy and Commerce voted to approve the Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters (TROL) Act by a vote of 30-22. Meanwhile, the Protecting …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 7

Patent Integrity: An Appeal to College Presidents

A clique of multinational corporations is pushing legislation that will be a disaster for the rest of us, especially our universities with research components. Small inventors and …

The Innovation Act is Bad News for America’s Patent System

The Innovation Act (H.R. 9) goes well beyond what is needed to address bad actions of a small number of patent holders, and instead raises costs for …

When It Comes To Patents, John Oliver Takes The Easy Way Out

Mr. Oliver strongly misses the mark. It is not trial lawyers who are blocking the Innovation Act, as Mr. Oliver claims. Rather, it is a large swath …
By Michael Gulliford
1 year ago 12

John Oliver says American small businesses want the Innovation Act, but he’s wrong

It’s great that John Oliver brought the subject of patent trolls, about which IPWatchdog has already produced some considerable coverage, to an audience that topped 1.4 million …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 6

House holds hearing on fraudulent patent demand letters

The TROL Act was introduced during the 113th Congress and as Subcommittee Chairman Congressman Michael Burgess (R-TX) explained it passed the subcommittee with bipartisan support. Still, Burgess …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 5

Patent Reform: The Pending Bills and What They Mean

This year the Innovation Act has been reintroduced, and after some thought that the bill would sail through the House of Representatives without even an additional hearing. …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 2

House Judiciary Committee Questions PTO Director Lee on Innovation Act

There were statements recognizing the need to keep open legitimate avenues to for innovators to protect themselves against infringement, and a strong desire to make sure that …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 6

Courts Award Attorneys’ Fees on 50% of Motions Post Octane

The data establishes that motions for attorney's fees under section 285 after Octane were granted at a rate almost three times as high as in the year preceding …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 7

Patent reform on the agenda when Congress returns this week

Patent reform is back on the agenda when Congress returns from recess this week. On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at 2:00 pm ET, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 8

Decrease in patent litigation questions need for patent reform

In 2014 there were 1,070 fewer patent lawsuits filed than during 2013. Furthermore, the number of patent cases filed in 2014 was lower than the number of cases filed in 2012 by …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 8

Patent Licensing is as American as Apple Pie

To hear the rhetoric from lobbyists for some large tech companies you would think patent licensing is some sort of shady business, akin to extortion. Never mind …
By David Pridham
1 year ago 4

Devil in Disguise: The Legend of the Villainous Patent Owners

It is truly a shame that so many have bought into the demonization of patent owners without any critical thought. In order to believe the narrative emanating …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 26

The Future of Patents and the Fork in the Road

On one road, legislation such as The Innovation Act poses threats to our patent system. This type of legislation tries to alleviate concerns about litigation costs and …
By Daniel Spulber
1 year ago 3