Posts in Capitol Hill


A Look Back at the Legislative Origin of IPRs

Those now familiar with IPR proceedings will already have recognized how little resemblance current IPR proceedings have to what most supporters of the AIA envisioned upon its …
By Phil Johnson
11 hours ago 7

Judge Paul Michel presents supplemental testimony on PTAB reforms to the House IP subcommittee

To fix the current incarnation of the U.S. patent system and reinvigorate the American economy, Judge Michel called upon the House IP subcommittee to adopt seven …
By Steve Brachmann
2 days ago 19

Executives for America’s tech giants refuse to come to Congress to testify on net neutrality

The Facebooks, Googles and Netflixes of the world, edge providers that provide Internet services via websites but not an Internet connection like ISPs offer, have every reason …
By Steve Brachmann
5 days ago 2

Conservatives’ Letter to U.S. Senate Says Preserve Bayh-Dole

Though aimed at certain pharmaceutical products, Sens. Angus King’s and Bernie Sanders’ potential amendments would throw the key to the Bayh-Dole Act’s success —certainty and …
By James Edwards
6 days ago 0

Following the money trail from Mapbox to the Kushners and Trump Administration

There are clearly many thousands of companies both large and small with far greater experience and in a far better position to advise Congress on the issue …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
14 days ago 6

Uncertain legal status of financial transactions in marijuana industry lead to bitcoin, cryptocurrency development

Increasingly, bitcoin and related cryptocurrencies are becoming the choice for most financial transactions within the nascent marijuana industry as the sector increases in value. North American marijuana …
By Steve Brachmann
19 days ago 11

America innovates most when government stands behind a stable property rights regime

America innovates most when property rights are stable and government gets out of the way so risk takers can dream the impossible and then go accomplish those …
By Gene Quinn
21 days ago 39

Bernie Sander’s Really Bad Idea

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced legislation requiring every agency and non-profit entity to include a "reasonable pricing" provision based on King's formula for any life science invention …
By Joseph Allen
24 days ago 14

Does anyone at Mapbox understand the company’s patent filing activities?

Given that Lee testified that Mapbox has been a party to multiple patent lawsuits and only a single lawsuit can be located, coupled with Lee’s testimony …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 4

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
2 months ago 38

Trump Administration to open probe into deceptive intellectual property policy in China

Plans are being made by the Trump administration to open a probe into deceptive Chinese trade practices by invoking Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974... Where joint …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 2

Judge Michel tells Congress it isn’t helpful to talk about quality, patents are either valid or invalid

“I think at the end of the day, patents are either valid or invalid as a legal instrument and therefore it’s not very helpful to talk …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 6

Congressman Darrell Issa: A well-financed ally of the efficient infringer lobby

With all of this money, it seems the efficient infringer lobby has managed to find an unlikely ally in Congress — someone who made his money as an …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 12

Why are these people giving testimony to Congress on patent reform?

Why does Mapbox’s viewpoint on patent litigation echo in the halls of Congress given the fact that it doesn’t appear that it has faced abusive …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 15

A quiet title is an absolute prerequisite to enjoyment of an exclusive right

A quiet title seems an absolute prerequisite to the enjoyment of an exclusive right guaranteed by the Constitution. Unfortunately, a quiet title in a patent today simply …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 37