Posts Tagged ‘USPTO’

Drew Clark: Why a Well-Functioning Intellectual Property System Needs to Strike Down Bad Patents

Intellectual Property August 29th, 2015

Editor’s Note: This past week, Drew Clark’s column in the Deseret News of Salt Lake City, Utah, was on the importance of balance in our patent system. Click here for links to all of his Deseret News columns.

ASPEN, Colo. — As with many former mining camps in the Rocky Mountains, this one is best known for winter sports like skiing. But this mountain town has also developed a summertime niche: Hosting policy-makers seeking the cool air refuge from humid Washington summers.

This year, the refreshing breeze came in from the new head of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

For nearly 20 years, Aspen in late August has been home to a small but influential gathering of the Technology Policy Institute. It gathers legislators, regulators, lobbyists and academics who seek to shape the course of policy surrounding information and communications technology.



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 […]

When It Comes to Telecommuting, Companies Save, But the U.S. Lags

Broadband's Impact June 28th, 2011

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2011- The Telework Research Network released its report on the state of telecommuting Monday, showing that individuals who work from home are more productive than those who report to an office everyday, but that the United States has a lower percentage of workers who telecommute than its international counterparts.

In the United States, many consider telecommuting a perk rather than a standard business practice, as it is in most of the rest of the world. In Canada nearly four percent of the population teleworks or workshifts regularly. In the United Kingdom, it is even higher at a little over five percent of the population.

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.

Apple Goes After For Its Use of “Appstore.”

Intellectual Property, Trademarks March 23rd, 2011

Apple Inc. on Friday sued for trademark infringement when Amazon launched its online ‘app store’ to sell software applications for mobile devices.

Patent Reform Passes Senate; Bill Headed to House

Congress, House of Representatives, Intellectual Property, Patents, Senate March 8th, 2011

WASHINGTON, March 8, 2011 – The Senate passed a bill Tuesday evening that would significantly reform the U.S. patent system for the first time in nearly 60 years. The bill will now go to the House for consideration.

The Senate passed the America Invents Act – formerly the Patent Reform Act of 2011 – by an overwhelming majority of 95-5. Congress has failed to pass comprehensive patent reform in each of the last four Congresses.

Intellectual Property Breakfast Club event ‘Patent Reform in the 112th Congress’ to be held on Tuesday, March 8

Broadband Calendar, Intellectual Property March 2nd, 2011

WASHINGTON, Wednesday, March 2, 2011 – The internet and intellectual property policy news and events service will hold its March 2011 Intellectual Property Breakfast Club event, “Patent Reform in the 112th Congress” on Tuesday, March 8th, 2011.

Obama Administration Officials Push Patent Reform As Senate Continues Debate

Intellectual Property March 1st, 2011

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2011 — Top Obama administration officials moved to assuage American inventors’ fears Tuesday that a fundamental change being sought in the nation’s patent system won’t put them at a disadvantage .

Senate Opens Debate on Patent Reform

Congress, Intellectual Property, Patents March 1st, 2011

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2011 – The Senate moved a step closer to the first major overhaul to the patent system in nearly 60 years when it introduced a bill to the floor on Monday.

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