Posts Tagged: Capitol Hill


Senate IP Subcommittee Continues Search for Balance on Potential Copyright Reforms

On September 16, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property held a hearing titled “Are Reforms to Section 1201 Needed and Warranted?”, which continued the Subcommittee’s …
By Rebecca Tapscott
4 days ago 1

This Week in Washington IP: COVID-19 Counterfeit Concerns, Federal Data Privacy Legislation and Marine Energy Technology Innovations

This week in Washington IP events, intellectual property concerns take center stage on Thursday afternoon, when the Senate IP Subcommittee takes a hard look at increased risks …
By IPWatchdog
5 days ago 0

New USPTO Council Aims to Strengthen U.S. Innovation By Increasing Participation of Underrepresented Groups

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced yesterday a major initiative to “build a more diverse and inclusive innovation ecosystem by encouraging participation demographically, geographically, …
By IPWatchdog
11 days ago 11

This Week in Washington IP: DMCA Reforms, Google Antitrust Issues and Supporting the U.S. AI Workforce

This week in Washington IP developments, events get underway with a few programs at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including the first day of a …
By IPWatchdog
12 days ago 1

Could COVID-19 Counterfeit Concerns Get Congress to Move Towards Passage of the Counterfeit Goods Seizure Act?

In late July, water bottle maker Hydro Flask and parent company Helen of Troy Limited filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) asking …
By Steve Brachmann
17 days ago 0

This Week in Washington IP: PPAC’s 2020 Annual Report, Biological R&D Within the U.S. Department of Energy and COVID-19’s Impact on University Research

This week in Washington IP news, Congress returns to work after August recess. Hearings at the House of Representatives focus on various topics relevant to R&D, …
By IPWatchdog
18 days ago 0

Special Interest Group Implores Congress to Extend CBM Program

Two weeks before the Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents (CBM) Program, implemented in 2012 under the America Invents Act (AIA), is set to expire, a special …
By Eileen McDermott
22 days ago 6

This Week in Washington IP: U.S. Innovation Policy, Ex Parte Appeals at the PTAB and How Music Creators Are Paid Under the Music Modernization Act

This week in Washington IP events, both houses of Congress remain quiet during August recess. However, programming at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will …
By IPWatchdog
26 days ago 0

This Week in Washington IP: Developing a U.S. AI Strategy, Digital Currencies During COVID-19, and Expanding Broadband Access

This week in Washington IP news, both houses of Congress remain (mostly) silent with August recess still ongoing. However, policy institutes continue to hold online events related …
By IPWatchdog
1 month ago 1

This Week in Washington IP: Regulatory Tech in the Financial Industry, Resilient Disaster Tech Infrastructure and USPTO Invention-Con 2020

This week in Washington IP events, both house of Congress remain silent during their August recesses, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) kicks off …
By IPWatchdog
1 month ago 1

Property Rights and State AGs’ Assault on Remdesivir: A Conservative Perspective

By now, everyone in the IP arena has heard about the demands of more than 30 state and territorial attorneys general (AGs) regarding the promising COVID treatment remdesivir. …
By James Edwards
1 month ago 11

Senator Tillis Urges USPTO to Adopt Administrative Changes

On August 10, Senator Tillis, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, sent a letter to United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director …
By IPWatchdog
1 month ago 9

The Covered Business Methods Program Must Finally Be Laid to Rest

Rather than allowing it a quiet death, the financial services industry is making a quiet effort to keep the Covered Business Methods (CBM) Program at the Patent …
By James Edwards
2 months ago 1

This Week in Washington IP: FTC Oversight, More Big Tech Antitrust Issues, and Promoting Cybersecurity During the Election Cycle

This week in Washington IP events, Congressional hearings on technology and innovation take place through Wednesday, while the House Government Operations Subcommittee kicked the week off Monday …
By IPWatchdog
2 months ago 1

Republicans Propose Legislation to Deny Visas to Those Accused of IP Theft

Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have introduced a bill titled the Protecting America from Spies Act, which targets …
By IPWatchdog
2 months ago 5