Posts Tagged: senate


Michelle Lee seems to be USPTO Director, but Commerce Department Declines Comment

Michelle Lee seems to still be Director. She is signing patents and Federal Register Notices, but both Commerce and USPTO decline comment on her status... Presumably at …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 15

Senate Commerce Committee seems comfortable with Wilbur Ross as Secretary of Commerce

In his opening remarks, Ross noted that he had been a consumer of various forms of data published by various agencies within the commerce department. He seemed …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 1

Infringe at Will Culture Takes Hold as America’s Patent System Erodes

Perhaps when the Senate Banking Committee convenes to consider the nomination of Wall Street attorney Jay Clayton as the new head of the Securities and Exchange Commission …
By Gene Quinn & Peter Harter
3 months ago 29

IP and the 115th Congress: Meet the Senate Republicans on the Judiciary Committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee is where any action relating to intellectual property reform will be played out during the 115th Congress, at least on the Senate side …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 0

Senate unanimously passes NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2016

The NASA Transition Authorization Act would require NASA to develop propulsion technologies intended to reduce travel time to Mars, as well as develop a strategic framework for …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 0

21st Century Cures Act passed overwhelmingly by House, major health reform bill moves to Senate

The 21st Century Cures Act has broad bipartisan support having been passed in the U.S. House by an overwhelming 344-77 roll call vote. It also has …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 18

Review the Rule Act would delay SCOTUS proposed changes to Rule 41 on warrants for electronic searches

The Review the Rule Act of 2016 was introduced into the U.S. Senate by Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), which would delay amendments to Federal Rule of Criminal …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 0

Business interests and consumer concerns clash at Senate hearing on FCC’s broadband privacy rules

On the morning of Tuesday, July 12th, members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation convened for a hearing on a notice of proposed …
By Steve Brachmann
10 months ago 3

A Good Opportunity to Reframe the Patent Reform Debate

Corrosive changes in patent law are undermining research university commercialization of patented, federally-funded basic research, endangering our nation’s innovation ecosystem. Mounting uncertainty repels private investment needed …
By Chris Gallagher
11 months ago 9

A Legislative History of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

Legislative history is, of course, the compilation of the legislative process’ source documents—committee reports, hearing transcripts, bills and floor debate—to understand the Congressional intent behind …
By John Cannan
11 months ago 1

Appropriately Crafted Federal Trade Secrets Legislation Will Promote Competition and Economic Welfare

Trade secrets are the only major type of intellectual property (IP) that is not backed by U.S. federal civil remedies to compensate owners for theft. Notably, …
By Alden Abbott
1 year ago 0

Defend Trade Secrets Act Adopted by Senate

In today’s political climate, any bipartisan legislative action is, well, unusual. Unanimous votes are like unicorns. But one happened yesterday, as the Senate voted 87-0 to …
By James Pooley
1 year ago 8

Institutional Challenges to a Reliable Patent Regime for Inventors

What we can, and should, address are institutional challenges. Regrettably, our institutional approach to patents has only further challenged small business and diminished innovation. Those challenges come …

The Patent System: It is important for America that we get it right

Small businesses and independent inventors are critical to revolutionary advancement of American technology. They file over 20% of the applications at the USPTO, and their patents are more …
By Robert Stoll
1 year ago 2

Patent Reform at all Costs: Desperate reformer resorts to lies

It is pure nonsense to say that opponents of patent reform never offer specifics, cite or discuss textual language of the bills. Utter fiction and complete fantasy. …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 7