Posts in Capitol Hill


Tillis and Coons Nudge DOJ to Provide Revised Joint Statement on SEPs

Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), Chair and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, sent a letter on …
By IPWatchdog
13 hours ago 2

This Week in Washington IP: America’s Innovation Leadership, Facebook’s Financial Industry Impact and Personal Data Ownership

This week in tech and innovation hearings in Washington, D.C., the House of Representatives explores issues related to emerging cyber threats, Facebook’s cryptocurrency and its …
By IPWatchdog
2 days ago 0

Professors Brief Capitol Hill Staffers on Proposal to Weed Out ‘Bad Patents’

On Thursday, October 17, a Capitol Hill staff briefing will take place at 3:30 PM in 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building on a proposal to increase the amount of time …
By Steve Brachmann
6 days ago 46

Were the Wright Brothers Patent Trolls? One View of R Street Institute’s Capitol Hill Panel on Patents

On Tuesday, I attended a panel discussion on the National Security Implications of Patents along with my siblings, Madeline and Gideon Malone, and we were informed that …
By Lydia Malone
7 days ago 25

This Week in Washington IP: NASA’s Moon Mission, Protecting Internet Consumers and Fintech AI Innovations

This week in the nation’s capital, subcommittees in the House of Representatives will hold a series of technology-related hearings focused on online competition in data privacy, …
By IPWatchdog
9 days ago 0

Other Barks & Bites, Friday, October 11: IPWatchdog Celebrates, USPTO Meets Pendency Goals, SCOTUS Denies IP Cases and ACLU Opposes CASE Act

This past week in Other Barks & Bites: the Federal Circuit issued precedential decisions affirming the invalidation of patent claims covering osteoarthritis treatments and a costs award to …
By IPWatchdog
12 days ago 1

This Week in D.C.: Think Tanks Discuss Software Supply Chain Risks, Data Privacy, China’s Tech Dominance and Bioethics

This week in our nation’s capital, Congress is mostly quiet during the work period, although the House Small Business Committee heads out to Kansas City for …
By IPWatchdog
16 days ago 6

Other Barks & Bites, October 5: USPTO Rulemaking Updates, Federal Circuit Weighs in on 101, and DOJ Tells SCOTUS to Deny Google Appeal

This past week in Other Barks & Bites: the USPTO delays the effective date for mandating electronic trademark application submissions and issues a proposed rulemaking on Patent Term …
By IPWatchdog
18 days ago 0

Athena Implores Supreme Court to Heed Federal Circuit’s ‘Unprecedented Cry for Help’

As expected, Athena Diagnostics last night filed its petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to fix the United States’ patent eligibility law …
By IPWatchdog
20 days ago 28

SUCCESS Act Comments Are In: Access, Enforceability, Predictability Concerns Underscored

In May, the USPTO held the first of three hearings prompted by the Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science (SUCCESS) Act, which requires the USPTO …
By Eileen McDermott
21 days ago 3

Temple and Hayden Respond to Tillis on Copyright Modernization Efforts

In August, amid growing concern that the U.S. Copyright Office has become antiquated and out of touch with the needs of modern users, Senator Thom Tillis …
By IPWatchdog
22 days ago 0

Clarity Needed on the STRONGER Patents Act’s Approach to Validity Determinations

The “Support Technology and Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience Patents Act of 2019” or the “STRONGER Patents Act of 2019,” currently under consideration as Senate …
By Mark Deming
23 days ago 21

O’Malley and Chen Disagree in Part with PTAB Determination in CBM Review, Distinguishing Chamberlain

The Federal Circuit issued a precedential decision on Wednesday reversing-in-part, vacating and remanding a decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that had found certain claims …
By IPWatchdog
27 days ago 3

Blame for the Weakened U.S. Patent System Cannot Be Pinned on the PTAB Alone

It is time to recognize the elephant in the room. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) is broken. And, if we want to be perfectly fair …
By Gene Quinn
29 days ago 69

Patent Eligibility Under Section 101: Has the United States ‘TRIPPED’ Up?

The present U.S. eligibility jurisprudence, and especially that of the Federal Circuit, not only creates serious issues of U.S. domestic law but also arguably places …
By Paul Cole
29 days ago 18