Posts in Capitol Hill


Bipartisan Agreement That Drug Prices Are a Problem (and Patents are Complicated) Could Mean Changes for Pharma

During a hearing of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Tuesday titled, “Intellectual Property and the Price of Prescription Drugs: Balancing Innovation and Competition,” senators heard …
By Eileen McDermott
14 days ago 12

Senate IP Subcommittee Hears from Sports Industry Reps on Need to Step Up IP Protections

Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committeee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), said last week that the subcommittee will  “explore increasing criminal penalties and …
By Michelle Sara King
15 days ago 2

Iancu: USPTO Guidance Gets 101 Right; Time for Courts to Follow Suit

On Monday, the International Intellectual Property Commercialization Council (IIPCC) gathered patent office and Federal Circuit experts, including current USPTO Director Andrei Iancu and former Federal Circuit Chief …
By Gene Quinn
15 days ago 16

This Week on Capitol Hill: Senate Examines Effect of IP on Drug Prices Again, House IP Subcommittee Talks USPTO Oversight

This week on Capitol Hill, the heated drug pricing debate is back in the spotlight, with a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on intellectual property and the price …
By IPWatchdog
16 days ago 0

Alice Five Years Later: Hope Wanes as 101 Legislative Discussions Dominated by Big Tech

On June 19, it will be five years since the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, 134 S.Ct. 2347 (2014), which significantly changed …
By Gene Quinn
17 days ago 36

Iancu Calls on Federal Circuit to Fix Section 101 Problem

USPTO Director and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Andrei Iancu believes that “to a large extent … if they want to, the Federal Circuit can fix …
By James Nurton
20 days ago 8

This Week on Capitol Hill: World IP Day, Cybersecurity Hearings and Promoting Blockchain-Based Innovation

This week on Capitol Hill, both the House of Representatives and Senate are back in full action after the conclusion of two weeks of work periods. Tuesday …
By IPWatchdog
23 days ago 1

Accelerating Generic Entry: A Proven Solution to the Problem of Prescription Drug Pricing

High prescription drug prices and their impact on costs borne by the government in Medicaid, Medicare Part D and other federal programs, is a front burner topic …
By Bert Rein
24 days ago 15

Some Progress in the International Effort to Harmonize Trade Secret Protection

In 1994, the United States was winding up the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations leading to the establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Tucked in among the …
By James Pooley
27 days ago 5

If Exceptions to 101 Are Codified, Patent Eligibility Chaos Will Be Worse

The Framework rolled out by Congress last week to fix Section 101 law in the United States will not improve the current 101 disaster. It codifies current exceptions and …
By Paul Morinville
29 days ago 43

The Washington Post Misses the Mark on March-In Rights

The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently indicated in its "Return on Investment Initiative draft green paper" that it would issue regulations effectively ending attempts to …
By Joseph Allen
1 month ago 2

This Week in D.C.: Think Tanks Discuss U.S.-China Diplomacy, AI’s Effects on American Jobs and the Government Software Supply Chain

Capitol Hill remains quiet this week as both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate enter a second straight week of work periods. Technology and innovation …
By IPWatchdog
1 month ago 0

Hurricane Maria Delivered the Injury to Puerto Rico, But New Tax on Foreign IP Delivered the Insult

The year 2017 proved to be a difficult one for the territory of Puerto Rico. Even before Hurricane Maria hit in September of that year, the island was …
By Franco Galbo
1 month ago 1

Reactions Roll in On Congress’s Proposed 101 Framework: ‘The Right Approach’ or ‘A Swing and a Miss’?

Yesterday, members of congress announced in a press release a proposed framework to fix patent eligibility law in the United States.Reactions to the framework were mixed. …
By Eileen McDermott
1 month ago 74

Cheekd Follow-Up: Pirri Responds, Cheek Implores Nadler to Help Curb U.S. Patent Abuses

Earlier this week we reported on Lori Cheek, an independent inventor who is defending herself for the second time against accusations brought by Alfred Pirri, Jr. of …
By IPWatchdog
1 month ago 1