Posts Tagged: white house


Broadcom Announces Bid Valued at $130 Billion to Buy American Semiconductor Giant Qualcomm

On Monday, November 6th, Singapore-based semiconductor designer Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO) announced that it had offered a proposal to acquire San Diego, CA-based semiconductor rival Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM). …

Senate confirms dozens of Trump nominees, including new IP Czar

Vishal Amin was confirmed to be the IP enforcement coordinator at the White House and Peter Davidson was confirmed to be general counsel at the Commerce Department. …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 39

Status of USPTO Regulatory Reform Task Force Uncertain

What I do know is that the Department of Commerce has created a Regulatory Reform Task Force and that the USPTO will participate on that Commerce Department …
By Gene Quinn
8 months ago 14

Bogus claims of patent abuse must be ignored

On April 20, 2017, a group of auto and technology companies sent a letter to President Trump urging him to direct the Federal Trade Commission and other U.S. …
By Gene Quinn
8 months ago 9

Patent Office workforce reduction should focus on eliminating ‘dead weight’ patent examiners

In pursuing President Trump's federal workforce reduction plan the USPTO must target those patent examiners who have long been refusing to do their jobs. Losing these patent …
By Gene Quinn
8 months ago 16

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross interviews candidates for USPTO Director

Michelle Lee's days seem numbered at the Patent Office. According to credible sources, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has been interviewing perspective candidates for the position of Under …
By Gene Quinn
9 months ago 20

Trump FY 2018 budget cuts $1.5 billion from Commerce, how much will come from the USPTO?

With a proposed budget of $7.8 billion and $1 billion in cuts to identify, questions arise about where those cuts will come. Is the USPTO budget safe?Will the …
By Gene Quinn
9 months ago 9

Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2017 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the …
By Press Releases
9 months ago 0

Employment Agreements: Employers Need To Pay Attention to Growing Government Activism

In the past, employers typically only needed to be concerned that confidentiality and non-compete clauses in their employment agreements may be challenged either by departing employees who …

FTC report on PAEs could have an outsized effect on U.S. patent reform debate

The information the FTC has been collecting regarding patent assertion entities is extensive. Along with standard corporate information, the FTC is making a survey of each patent …
By William Cory Spence
1 year ago 1

White House announces $400 million NSF research initiative for 5G networks

There are challenges that must be overcome through innovation before 5G becomes commercially feasible. Device-to-device communications, which allow mobile device owners to communicate directly without a base …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0

Obama Administration strongly supports Defend Trade Secrets Act

Earlier today the White House released a Statement of Administration Policy, which strongly supports passage of s. 1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). The policy statement …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 22

President Obama continues technology focus in his final year

The administration of the 44th President of the United States will be remembered for many reasons, but one theme which has been playing out since the earliest …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 7

Patents, Innovation and the Presidential Candidates

Patents, intellectual property, innovation and technology policy may not decide who will become the next President of the United States, but the positions the candidates hold will …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 19

Improving Innovation Climate Critical to US Economic Future

We have thoroughly destroyed the manufacturing capabilities of the United States and in the process decimated middle class America. The Supreme Court is forcing an anti-patent agenda …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 1