Posts Tagged: Capitol Hill


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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
4 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
4 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
4 months ago 20

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
4 months ago 29

Time to Wake Up: Stakeholders Must Compromise to Save the U.S. Patent System

Things are bad for many innovators and there is little hope for improvement on the foreseeable horizon. Despite the best efforts of Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 56

This Week in Washington IP: Maintaining American Tech Dominance, NASA Authorization Bill and the Rise of Mobile Payments

This week in Washington-area IP events, the House of Representatives hosts a trio of hearings on Wednesday related to technology and innovation. The full House Science Committee …
By IPWatchdog
4 months ago 2

This Week in Washington IP: Selecting the Next Register of Copyrights, 5G Workforce Concerns and Smart City Models for U.S. Communities

This week in Washington, D.C., Congress is relatively quiet while the House of Representatives enters a district work period. In the Senate, the Commerce Committee will …
By IPWatchdog
4 months ago 1

House Small Business Committee Tackles Diversity Gap in Patenting Debate

The House Small Business Committee met earlier today for a hearing titled “Enhancing Patent Diversity for America’s Innovators,” in which members of Congress heard from witnesses …
By Eileen McDermott
4 months ago 37