Posts Tagged: 114th Congress


Rep. Lamar Smith calls NOAA ‘afraid of innovation’ during hearing on weather satellites

The day’s most withering criticisms, however, came from the House science committee’s ranking Republican, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX). Smith contended that NOAA’s problems had …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 0

A Good Opportunity to Reframe the Patent Reform Debate

Corrosive changes in patent law are undermining research university commercialization of patented, federally-funded basic research, endangering our nation’s innovation ecosystem. Mounting uncertainty repels private investment needed …
By Chris Gallagher
4 years ago 9

How Congress can ensure the patent system protects inventors and entrepreneurs

Congress can, and should, take at least four steps in restoring the health and vitality of our patent system: First, Congress should ensure that the patent grant …
By Brian O’Shaughnessy
4 years ago 3

WhatsApp end-to-end message encryption draws political ire in U.S. and abroad

In the world of messaging services, the cross-platform mobile messaging app WhatsApp enjoys the enviable position of being the world’s most popular messaging service, eclipsing one …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 0

House overwhelmingly passes Defend Trade Secrets Act, bill now moves to White House

Earlier today the United States House of Representatives passed S. 1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), by a vote of 410-2. Only Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 1

American business likely to benefit from greater protection for trade secrets

Where an ex parte order is unavailable under the DTSA, complainants may still seek injunctive relief. However, unlike the UTSA, which also offers injunctive relief, the DTSA …
By Terrence A. Oved
4 years ago 17

Appropriately Crafted Federal Trade Secrets Legislation Will Promote Competition and Economic Welfare

Trade secrets are the only major type of intellectual property (IP) that is not backed by U.S. federal civil remedies to compensate owners for theft. Notably, …
By Alden Abbott
4 years ago 0

Defend Trade Secrets Act Adopted by Senate

In today’s political climate, any bipartisan legislative action is, well, unusual. Unanimous votes are like unicorns. But one happened yesterday, as the Senate voted 87-0 to …
By James Pooley
4 years ago 8

Obama Administration strongly supports Defend Trade Secrets Act

Earlier today the White House released a Statement of Administration Policy, which strongly supports passage of s. 1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). The policy statement …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 22

Patent litigation venue reform tips scales of justice against innovators

Despite being grossly unfair to small inventors, the courts are routinely transferring cases to a venue containing the headquarters of the infringing multinational corporation, as happened in …
By Paul Morinville
4 years ago 25

Patent Reform Returns: Venue Reform Bill to be introduced in Senate

While widespread patent reform seems unlikely during the remainder of the 114th Congress, targeted patent reform is another matter entirely. Indeed, the Senate Committee on Small Business & …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 7

The Patent System: It is important for America that we get it right

Small businesses and independent inventors are critical to revolutionary advancement of American technology. They file over 20% of the applications at the USPTO, and their patents are more …
By Robert Stoll
4 years ago 2

Patent Reform at all Costs: Desperate reformer resorts to lies

It is pure nonsense to say that opponents of patent reform never offer specifics, cite or discuss textual language of the bills. Utter fiction and complete fantasy. …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 7

Patent Reform in 2016, Maybe Not as Dead as you Think

As interesting as the Senate may become when patent reform resurfaces, the dynamic in the House will be fascinating for many reasons. Since patent reform stalled there …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 13

Senator Grassley talks about patent reform at Iowa town halls

The first meeting this week was in Grundy Center, IA, during which a question about patent reform was asked. Grassley answered that he was trying to stop …
By Paul Morinville
4 years ago 12