Posts in Capitol Hill


Senate IP Subcommittee Continues Search for Balance on Potential Copyright Reforms

On September 16, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property held a hearing titled “Are Reforms to Section 1201 Needed and Warranted?”, which continued the Subcommittee’s …
By Rebecca Tapscott
4 days ago 1

This Week in Washington IP: COVID-19 Counterfeit Concerns, Federal Data Privacy Legislation and Marine Energy Technology Innovations

This week in Washington IP events, intellectual property concerns take center stage on Thursday afternoon, when the Senate IP Subcommittee takes a hard look at increased risks …
By IPWatchdog
5 days ago 0

This Week in Washington IP: DMCA Reforms, Google Antitrust Issues and Supporting the U.S. AI Workforce

This week in Washington IP developments, events get underway with a few programs at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including the first day of a …
By IPWatchdog
12 days ago 1

Special Interest Group Implores Congress to Extend CBM Program

Two weeks before the Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents (CBM) Program, implemented in 2012 under the America Invents Act (AIA), is set to expire, a special …
By Eileen McDermott
22 days ago 6

This Week in Washington IP: Developing a U.S. AI Strategy, Digital Currencies During COVID-19, and Expanding Broadband Access

This week in Washington IP news, both houses of Congress remain (mostly) silent with August recess still ongoing. However, policy institutes continue to hold online events related …
By IPWatchdog
1 month ago 1

Property Rights and State AGs’ Assault on Remdesivir: A Conservative Perspective

By now, everyone in the IP arena has heard about the demands of more than 30 state and territorial attorneys general (AGs) regarding the promising COVID treatment remdesivir. …
By James Edwards
1 month ago 11

Senator Tillis Urges USPTO to Adopt Administrative Changes

On August 10, Senator Tillis, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, sent a letter to United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director …
By IPWatchdog
1 month ago 9

The Covered Business Methods Program Must Finally Be Laid to Rest

Rather than allowing it a quiet death, the financial services industry is making a quiet effort to keep the Covered Business Methods (CBM) Program at the Patent …
By James Edwards
2 months ago 1

This Week in Washington IP: Injunctions for SEPs, How Innovation Flourishes in Freedom, and Reviewing SBIR/STTR at the National Science Foundation

This week in Washington IP, both houses of Congress are quiet during August recess but patent and IP policy issues are front and center at the Hudson …
By IPWatchdog
2 months ago 0

This Week in Washington IP: FTC Oversight, More Big Tech Antitrust Issues, and Promoting Cybersecurity During the Election Cycle

This week in Washington IP events, Congressional hearings on technology and innovation take place through Wednesday, while the House Government Operations Subcommittee kicked the week off Monday …
By IPWatchdog
2 months ago 1

Republicans Propose Legislation to Deny Visas to Those Accused of IP Theft

Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have introduced a bill titled the Protecting America from Spies Act, which targets …
By IPWatchdog
2 months ago 5

What’s Fair? Senate IP Subcommittee Contemplates Problems with Copyright Fair Use Regime

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property on Tuesday continued its year-long series of hearings on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), this time focusing …
By Eileen McDermott
2 months ago 7

Sage Advice on Rising Above Petty Partisanship from Senator Robert Dole

Former Senator Robert Dole turned 97 last week, but he's still very much engaged in what's going on right now. He just wrote a powerful op-ed, Innovation is …
By Joseph Allen
2 months ago 2

First Task for Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2019: Define ‘Sustainable Chemistry’

On Thursday, July 23, the United States Senate passed the Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2019 as a part of the National Defense Authorization Act (…
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 3

Wyden Attempts to Stall CASE Act: Senate Holds Are Not Supposed to Be Dead Ends

Under Rule VII of the Rules of the Senate, bills can only move forward by unanimous consent. Consequently, a single senator may place a “hold” on a …
By David Newhoff
2 months ago 3