Posts Tagged: Congress


This Week in Washington IP: Reviewing Small Business R&D Funding Programs, Researching COVID-19 Variants and Building Department of Defense Cyber Capabilities

This week in Washington IP news, committees at the House of Representatives will convene hearings on several topics related to technological innovation, including the CLEAN Future Act’…
By IPWatchdog
18 hours ago 1

This Week in Washington IP: Advancing NSF Scientific Research, Addressing Equity in AI and Broadband, and Clean Energy R&D Legislation

This week in Washington IP news, the Senate remains largely quiet as it enters a scheduled state work period on the 2021 legislative schedule. However, the House of …
By IPWatchdog
8 days ago 0

IDEA Act Passed Out of Senate Judiciary Committee

The full Senate Judiciary Committee today passed the Inventor Diversity for Economic Advancement (IDEA) Act, which seeks to direct the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) “…
By IPWatchdog
12 days ago 4

Assignor Estoppel: Can’t We Just Leave It To Congress? (Answer: Not Really)

On Wednesday, April 21, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Minerva Surgical, Inc. v. Hologic, Inc., which concerns the doctrine of assignor estoppel. Generally speaking, …
By William H. Milliken
13 days ago 1

Iancu Weighs in on IP Waiver, Critical Role of Patents for SMEs at World IP Day Event

“Property rights are not just good for the economy, they save lives”, Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform said, speaking at Innovating the Future: Celebrating 2021 …
By Gene Quinn
14 days ago 8

Senate IP Subcommittee Hearing on Improving Patent System Inclusivity Centers on Better Communication About Available Resources

On the morning of Wednesday, April 21, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property held a hearing titled Improving Access and Inclusivity in the Patent System: …
By Steve Brachmann
14 days ago 8

Justices Lean Toward Limiting, Not Eliminating, Assignor Estoppel Doctrine in Minerva v. Hologic

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in Minerva Surgical, Inc. v. Hologic, Inc., Cytyc Surgical Products, LLC, which essentially asks the Court to decide …
By Eileen McDermott
20 days ago 2

Tillis Tells PTAB Masters™ Day Three Attendees Congress Should Codify Iancu’s Reforms

In his keynote video address to PTAB Masters participants today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) championed the record of former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director …
By Eileen McDermott
20 days ago 8

Waiving IP Rights During Times of COVID: A ‘False Good Idea’

Over the course of four months, close to 850 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in over 100 countries. To the extent the unprecedented pace of research, …
By Hans Sauer
22 days ago 37

Bills to Lower Prescription Drug Costs and Boost Biosimilars Sent to Biden’s Desk

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday approved two bills meant to lower prescription drug prices and sent them on to President Joe Biden for approval. The …
By Eileen McDermott
26 days ago 1

This Week in Washington IP: Innovation at the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy, GIPC Event on Innovation Ecosystem, and Working Toward a Carbon-Free Shipping Industry

This week in Washington IP events, subcommittees in both the Senate and the House of Representatives will examine President Biden’s $10.17 billion appropriations request for the National …
By IPWatchdog
29 days ago 0

This Week in Washington IP: Addressing Chinese Technological Threats, Bridging the Rural Broadband Divide and Building Data Literacy in College Students

This week in Washington IP news, both houses of Congress are quiet as they enter scheduled work periods. Among policy institutes focused on IP and tech topics, …
By IPWatchdog
1 month ago 1

Why the IDEA Act is a Bad Idea

As previously reported on this blog, a bipartisan group of senators recently reintroduced a bill in Congress called the “Inventor Diversity for Economic Advancement Act of 2021,” or …
By Ron Katznelson, Ph.D.
2 months ago 88

Tillis and Cotton Urge Hirshfeld to Adopt Pilot Program to Address ‘Inherently Vague and Subjective’ Eligibility Analyses

Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) sent a letter on Monday to the acting Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Drew …
By Logan Murr
2 months ago 19

This Week in Washington IP: R&D Pathways for Sustainable Aviation Fuels and Technology, Debating the IDEA Act and Using Autonomous AI Platforms in the Military

This week in Washington IP news, the Senate Judiciary Committee will debate passage of the IDEA Act and the ARTS Act, while House subcommittees will explore pathways …
By IPWatchdog
2 months ago 0