Posts in Legislation


Patent Masters’ Warning: U.S. Patents Are Weak, Innovation Is Going Overseas

IPWatchdog’s most recent Patent Masters™ Symposium, held Monday and Tuesday March 25-26 in Washington, D.C., examined the state of the U.S. patent system and …
By Eileen McDermott
25 days ago 7

Brexit Q&A: What Now and What Next?

Brexit has been postponed and will not now happen at midnight on March 29, 2019.The UK’s House of Commons has twice voted against the Withdrawal Agreement and …
By James Nurton
25 days ago 0

Alden Abbott, U.S. Federal Trade Commission: 101 Confusion Threatens Competitive Process

Thank you, Gene, and your colleagues from IP Watchdog, for having invited me to address this great conference.  Today I will focus on the interaction between patent …
By IPWatchdog
27 days ago 12

IP and Innovation on Capitol Hill: Week of March 25

This week on Capitol Hill, the House IP Subcommittee convenes its first hearing of the 116th Congress to discuss a recent report from the U.S. Patent …
By IPWatchdog
27 days ago 0

Special Interests are Watching Academic Tech Transfer

The original motivation for the Bayh-Dole Act was to encourage the commercialization of academic innovation so that new technologies could be available for the benefit of all. …
By Nikki Borman
1 month ago 0

Consumer Technology Association Preaches Patent Troll Fairy Tale to Crowd During Fireside Chat with Iancu at SXSW

USPTO Director Andrei Iancu participated in a fireside chat, titled “The Crossroads of Technology and Innovation,” hosted by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) at its sixth annual …
By Jeff Hardin
1 month ago 20

Meet the Democrats of the 116th House IP Subcommittee

With congress out of session this week, it is a good time to meet the members of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, …
By IPWatchdog
1 month ago 0

Senate IP Subcommittee Hears Testimony from Iancu, Debates Hot-Button IP Issues

On the afternoon of Wednesday, March 13, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property held an oversight hearing of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

Congressman Steve Stivers on the STRONGER Patents ACT, USPTO Reforms, and the State of U.S. Innovation

Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Representative Bill Foster (D-IL) introduced the Support Technology & Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience (STRONGER) Patents Act, which would …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 16

In Memory: Farewell to Senator Birch Bayh

On Wednesday, March 14, we lost Senator Birch Bayh.  We knew for several months that this day wasn't far off, as his health rapidly declined.  I wanted to …
By Joseph Allen
1 month ago 5

Up and Running: Senate IP Subcommittee Debates USPTO Oversight After Setting Ambitious Agenda in February

Today, March 13, the Senate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property met to discuss “Oversight of the United States Patent and Trademark Office,” with USPTO Director Andrei Iancu as the …
By IPWatchdog
1 month ago 2

House Health Subcommittee Holds Fractious Hearing on Drug Pricing and Patent Protections

On the morning of Thursday, March 7, the House Ways & Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Health held a hearing titled Promoting Competition to Lower Medicare Drug Prices. The …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 16

New Study Shows Bayh-Dole is Working as Intended—and the Critics Howl

Just as the drug pricing debate on Capitol Hill is heating up, an important new study, "The Bayh-Dole Act's Vital Importance to the U.S. Life-Sciences Innovation …
By Joseph Allen
1 month ago 1

IP and Innovation on Capitol Hill: Week of March 11

This week on Capitol Hill, both houses of Congress are abuzz with a full schedule of hearings related to science, technology and innovation topics. In the House …
By IPWatchdog
1 month ago 1

Other Barks & Bites for Friday, March 8

This week in Other Barks & Bites: The United Nations highlights the importance of women in innovation on International Women's Day; Comments due today on USPTO Section 101 Guidance; …
By IPWatchdog
1 month ago 0