Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: April 4 Edition

We’re back with news!

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held an Executive Business Meeting, at which Senator Leahy’s Patent Transparency and Improvement Act was discussed.  Senator Leahy postponed consideration of his bill to Tuesday, April 8, and released a statement about the plan for moving patent reform legislation in the Senate, as I wrote yesterday.  It is possible that there will be a markup or even a vote next week, but it’s not clear yet, as “negotiations are in full swing.”  For additional background information, see Matt Levy’s op-ed in the Hill from Wednesday getting into some specifics about patent reform in the Senate.

In other news, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Alice v. CLS Bank on Monday.  CCIA had filed an amicus brief in support of CLS Bank.  Ars Technica has a good summary of the argument.  The New York Times editorial board came out on Sunday a great editorial in support of CLS Bank, titled “Abstract Ideas Don’t Deserve Patents.”  Monday also brought the latest Apple-Samsung litigation, and CCIA’s Matt Schruers wrote about this episode in the smartphone patent wars and the innovation issues at stake on the Disruptive Competition Project.

There’s also a new Main Street Patent Coalition ad on patent reform, which demonstrates how patent trolls affect non-tech small businesses, and provides another voice joining the chorus that it’s time to #fixpatents.

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Ali Sternburg

Ali Sternburg

Ali Sternburg is Public Policy & Regulatory Counsel at the Computer & Communications Industry Association. After initially joining as a Legal Fellow in June 2011, she focuses on online copyright issues and other areas of intellectual property policy. She also works on DisCo (the Disruptive Competition Project). She received her J.D. in 2012 from American University Washington College of Law, where she was a Student Attorney in the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, President of the Intellectual Property Law Society, Senior Symposium Chair and Senior Marketing Manager for the Intellectual Property Brief, and a Dean’s Fellow at the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property. She graduated from Harvard College in 2009 where she studied Government and Music, wrote her senior honors thesis on “Theoretical and Legal Views on U.S. Government Involvement in Musical Creativity Online,” and interned at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School.

  • Owen

    The Leahy letter makes it clear that the Senate isn’t going to give us a bill with a loser pays rule in it this year. We might soon wish we could wait until 2015 (probably) offers us a new chairman.