Posts Tagged: Capitol Hill


Innovators Rush to Solve Coronavirus Pandemic While Countries Contemplate Compulsory Licensing

Since China announced the first fatality caused by a virus about which little was known at the time, coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, has grown …
By Steve Brachmann
9 days ago 2

Everything Depends on Coronavirus R&D Partnerships—Don’t Let the Critics Wreck Them

The world is teetering on the brink of a public health and economic catastrophe, depending on emergency partnerships between our public and private sectors to develop a …
By Joseph Allen
14 days ago 41

Trademark Modernization Act Would Restore Presumption of Irreparable Harm in Trademark Cases

Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE) and Representatives Hank Johnson (D-GA), Doug Collins (R-GA), Martha Roby (R-AL) and Jerry Nadler (D-NY) yesterday introduced legislation to …
By Eileen McDermott
26 days ago 0

Senate IP Subcommittee Examines Foreign Approaches to Digital Piracy in Second Hearing on U.S. Copyright Reform

Senate IP Subcommittee Chair, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), yesterday led the second in a series of Subcommittee hearings addressing the possibility of updating the U.S. Digital …

We Won’t Stop Coronavirus Without IP

The recent White House meeting with leaders from American pharmaceutical companies sought their help in solving the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China and is currently gripping …
By James Edwards
28 days ago 16

This Week in Washington IP: Policing Digital Piracy in Other Countries, Self-Preferencing in Digital Platforms and 2021 Budget Requests for Cybersecurity and Spectrum Auctions

This week in Washington, DC, the House of Representatives kicks off the week’s schedule for technology and innovation hearings with the House Communications Subcommittee marking up …
By IPWatchdog
29 days ago 1

This Week in DC: Buying Unsafe Counterfeits, 5G Security, Blockchain Tech for Small Business and Online Sales Taxes

This week in our nation’s capital, the House of Representatives hosts a number of committee hearings related to technology and innovation. Various hearings will explore online …
By IPWatchdog
1 month ago 1

Function and Structure in Computers: A Stakeholder’s View

As an independent inventor, I am greatly concerned about the new proposed Section 112(f) wording related to “functional claiming” that was put forward as part of the …
By Peter Lablans
1 month ago 40

Senate IP Subcommittee Kicks Off Year-Long Review of Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) this week held the first in a series of eight tentative hearings scheduled for this year on the …
By Eileen McDermott
2 months ago 6

Medical Innovation Depends on Bayh-Dole’s IP Protections

In this age of polarization, it’s almost impossible to imagine Congress enacting bipartisan legislation that would benefit businesses, higher education, and consumers alike. But that is …
By Steven Tepp
2 months ago 4

This Week in Washington IP: Examining the DMCA, Space Situational Awareness and Counteracting Algorithmic Bias

This week in Washington IP events on Capitol Hill, the Senate IP Subcommittee will hold the first of several hearings designed to explore the need to modernize …
By IPWatchdog
2 months ago 1

Acting U.S. Copyright Register Maria Strong: All Eyes on Modernization

Maria Strong currently serves as the Acting Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office. She was appointed to the position effective January 5, 2020. Strong …
By Michelle Sara King
2 months ago 0

This Week in Washington IP: Supercharging Defense Innovation, Small Business Programs Review and Advancing Biomedical Sciences

This week in the Washington DC IP activities, House of Representatives committees will hold hearings focusing on the Department of Energy’s role in advancing biomedical sciences, …
By IPWatchdog
2 months ago 2

A Look at the Inventor Rights Act: Restoring Injunctive Relief and Immunizing Inventors Against the PTAB

In mid-December 2019, Congressmen Danny Davis (D-IL) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) introduced the Inventor Rights Act of 2019 into the House of Representatives. If passed, the bill would do …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 18

A Window is Open to Save U.S. Patents—Don’t Let it Slam Shut

There is a window open for legislative action on patent reform, and the innovator community is blowing it. Google fired its lobbyists in Washington, D.C., and …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 29