Articles posted in the ‘Patents’ Category

At Technology Show, A Palpable Interest in Legislation to Curb Actions by ‘Patent Trolls’

CES2013, Intellectual Property, Patents January 8th, 2013

LAS VEGAS, January 8, 2013 – One of the biggest public policy challenges facing the information technology industry is the ability for patent holders to sue entrepreneurs, according to a panel on “patent trolls” here at the Consumer Electronics Show. A panel of entrepreneurs, non-profit groups and attorneys for major technology companies and Rep. Peter […]

Patent Legislation Passes House Judiciary Committee

Congress, House of Representatives, Intellectual Property, Patents, Senate June 23rd, 2011

WASHINGTON June 23, 2011 – After several unsuccessful attempts in previous Congresses, the House Judiciary Committee passed the America Invents Act late Tuesday by a vote of 32-3, moving the first significant overhaul of the U.S. patent system in more than 60 years one step closer to becoming law.

The Senate passed a similar piece of legislation, the Patent Reform Act, in early March with a vote of 95-5. The House bill has gained the support of many companies including 3M, Apple, Dell, Facebook, General Electric, Google, and Johnson & Johnson.

Patent Reform Coalition Calls for the End of Fee Diversion

Congress, Intellectual Property, Patents June 13th, 2011

WASHINGTON June 13, 2011 – The Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform, the Coalition for Patent Fairness, the Innovation Alliance along with a group of universities sent a joint letter to Congress Monday recommending that any patent reform legislation end the diversion of user fees from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

In early March, the Senate passed the Patent Reform Act of 2011. The America Invents Act, a House companion to the Senate bill, is currently up for debate in the lower house. The bills would update many of the operations of the USPTO.

Congressional Members Discuss Net Neutrality, Privacy and Spectrum at CCIA Meeting

Congress, FCC, Net Neutrality, Patents, Privacy, Spectrum, Wireless May 5th, 2011

WASHINGTON May 5, 2011- At the Washington Caucus meeting of the Computer and Communications Industry Association Wednesday, Congressional leaders presented their views on preserving the Open Internet, expanding patent reform, ensuring consumer privacy online and the need for spectrum reform.

Pooley Links Global Innovation to Patents

Asia, Intellectual Property, International, Patents, The Innovation Economy April 26th, 2011

WASHINGTON April 27, 2011 – James Pooley, Deputy Director General for Innovation and Technology at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), delivered the keynote address Tuesday at the sixth annual world intellectual property day forum, calling patents a “key driver for innovation”.

5 Questions With: Gerard Pannekoek On Trading Patents

5 Questions With:, Intellectual Property, Patents April 20th, 2011

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2011 — Gerard Pannekoek is President and CEO of the Intellectual Property Exchange International (IPXI), a company set to launch the first financial exchange focused on intellectual property rights. The Chicago-based company was created in 2008 and is currently looking to launch its initial public offering (IPO) between the summer and early 2011. In late 2010, IPXI recruited Pannekoek, who was then retired, based on his prior experience as president and chief operating officer of another start-up, the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) which traded emission credits.

Deep Divisions Between Firms Large and Small Remain Over House Patent Reform Bill

Intellectual Property, Patents March 31st, 2011

After six years of consideration, multiple hearings, and two changes of party control of the House, stakeholders in the great patent reform debate still can’t agree on how to modernize U.S. law to stifle abuse of the system, and to streamline the process of awarding patents.

Microsoft Sues Barnes & Noble and FoxConn Over Nook Products

Intellectual Property, Patents March 23rd, 2011

Microsoft on Monday launched a patent infringement lawsuit against Barnes & Noble, FoxConn International Holdings and Inventec Corp. over several features in the Android-based Nook e-reader and the Nook Color Tablet products.

Obama Administration to the Supremes: Judges Should Defer to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Expertise

Intellectual Property, Patents March 22nd, 2011

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2011 — The Obama Administration told the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday that federal judges should trust the procedures undertaken at the United States Patent and Trademark Office to ensure that any patents that they approve are valid, and thus uphold a strict legal standard that is currently used by juries to decide whether a piece of key evidence presented during litigation is sufficient to invalidate disputed patents.

The case pits technology giant Microsoft against i4i Limited Partnership, a small consulting company in Toronto, Canada.

IP Breakfast Club Video on Patent Reform as Senate Debates and Passes Measure

Broadband TV, Intellectual Property, Patents March 10th, 2011

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2011 – One day after the Senate voted to cut off debate and move toward a vote on changes to patent law,’s Intellectual Property Breakfast Club featured an informed and educated debate about the pros and cons of changing patent law.

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