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Andrei Iancu confirmed by Senate as Director of the USPTO

Andrei Iancu was confirmed by the United States Senate to become Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and the Director of the United States Patent and …
By Gene Quinn
14 days ago 29

Senate Schedules Andrei Iancu Confirmation Vote for February 5

On Monday, February 5, 2018, the United States Senate will hold a confirmation vote on Andrei Iancu, President Trump’s pick to become the next Under Secretary of Commerce …
By Gene Quinn
19 days ago 2

Patent Reform Advocate, Congressman Darrell Issa, Will Not Seek Re-election

Earlier today Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), announced that he will not seek re-election in 2018 and will retire from Congress. Issa, who currently Chairs the House’s Judiciary …

What is on the Horizon for Patent Owners in 2018?

One of the questions that gets asked this time of year, when the world is busy flipping the calendar from one year to the next, is “What …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 8

Open Letter Exaggerates the Benefits of Recent Patent Reforms

HTIA’s letter argues that venture capital funding and startup activity have grown in recent years, further proof of their view that the federal government has properly …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 3

Looking Forward: Predictions and Thoughts about 2018

First, I predict that the United States Supreme Court will find post grant procedures under the America Invents Act to be unconstitutional. It is my belief they …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 37

The U.S. Needs to Make IP Policy a Priority, Now

In the absence of a discernable IP policy, America achieved leadership through laws and courts that supported inventors, and commerce, and that encouraged risk-taking. But the world …
By Bruce Berman
2 months ago 12

Industry Insiders Make Patent Wishes for 2018

For my wishes, I’ll make four. First, as I did last year, I again continue to wish for patent eligibility reform in Congress that would overrule …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 5

Will the Supreme Court continue to be influenced by patent reform?

Invariably, the Supreme Court takes a provision or two from pending legislation and makes it law. Will they do the same now that pro-patent reform is actually …
By Paul Morinville & Gene Quinn
2 months ago 31

What Mattered in 2017: Industry Insiders Reflect Biggest Moments in IP

Unlike previous years where we had near unanimity on the biggest moments, this year we see wide variety of thought, from SCOTUS to Capitol Hill to the …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 26

The Year in Patents: The Top 10 Patent Stories from 2017

It is that time once again when we look back on the previous year in preparation to close the final chapter of 2017 in order move fresh into …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 13

USPTO Director Nominee Andrei Iancu Unanimously Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee

Earlier today President Trump's nominee to become the new Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 1

Patent Reform: U.S. Inventor Act goes to Congress

This week US Inventor, an inventor organization working in Washington DC and around the US to advocate for strong patent protection for inventors and startups, rolled out …

USPTO Director Nominee Andrei Iancu has Confirmation Hearing Before the Senate Judiciary Committee

On the afternoon of Wednesday, November 29th, the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing to consider the nomination of four political appointees from …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 10

Tax Reform will Harm Inventors, High Tech Start-ups

More disturbing than the harmful effects the proposed changes would have – this signals a continuing approach toward patent rights as not being a property right, which contradicts …
By Paul Morinville & Gene Quinn
3 months ago 3