Posts Tagged: 115th Congress


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 years 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 …

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 years 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 years ago 14

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 years 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 …

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
2 years ago 3

House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte Announces Retirement

Earlier today Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), who has been Chair of the House Judiciary Committee and a strong proponent for patent reform, announced that he would be …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 10

The Impact of Bad Patents on American Businesses

What is a bad patent? Congress has established the requirements for obtaining a patent. The patent office grants a patent to applicants when they meet those requirements. …
By Josh Malone
3 years ago 10

Tax Bill Proposes Repeal of Capital Gains Treatment for Patents

The rule treating the transfer of a patent prior to its commercial exploitation as being available for long-term capital gains treatment would be repealed... Obviously, it is …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 7

Texas Representative Lamar Smith to Retire from Congress

Longtime Texas Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology, will be retiring from his duties on Capitol Hill and will not …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 2

Restoring the Right to Permanent Injunctions: A Patent Reform Agenda

Overrule eBay v. MercExchange and grant permanent injunctions to victorious patent owners as a matter of right. This singular change to U.S. patent laws – which is …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 10

Double jeopardy at the PTAB forces Allergan and others to seek sovereign immunity defenses

The PTAB subjects all patent owners to double jeopardy, but the situation is particularly bad for pharmaceutical companies which already have to face a Congressionally-mandated validity review …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 0

St. Regis Mohawks, BIO send letters to Senate Judiciary slamming the unfair playing field of IPRs at PTAB

On Thursday, October 12th, a pair of letters addressed to the bipartisan leadership of the Senate Judiciary Committee were delivered in an attempt to inform Senators on …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 22

Andrei Iancu submits questionnaire to Senate, more info on USPTO Director nominee

There is growing speculation among Capitol Hill watchers that the Judiciary Committee may soon be ready to hold a nomination hearing to vet Iancu’s credentials to …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
3 years ago 5