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.


Posts by Ali Sternburg

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: August 1 Edition

I’m back with some news this week! On Wednesday, the House Judiciary IP Subcommittee held a hearing on The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: The America Invents Act and Beyond, Domestic and International Policy Goals.  We were pleased to hear that acting director of the PTO, Michelle Lee, emphasized the ongoing need for patent reform…

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: July 11 Edition

Hi there!  We finally have some patent news this week. First of all, we got a small victory in the fight for patent reform.  The Obama Administration allegedly backed down from nominating patent reform opponent Phil Johnson to be the head of the PTO after opposition from the tech industry (including from CCIA).  This is encouraging, and hopefully President Obama…

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: June 20 Edition

Yesterday, the Supreme Court released its final patent opinion of the term, Alice v. CLS Bank.  This case should help clarify the patent eligibility of software, and improve patent quality, but we’re still going to need patent reform legislation to really fix the problems in the patent system that are exploited by patent trolls.  As Matt Levy explained in CCIA’s…

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: June 13 Edition

Yesterday, CCIA released a study on patent trolls’ effect on the economy.  Ars Technica had a great writeup of the study’s findings. And earlier this week, Matt Levy explained why the demand letter bills are insufficient to fix the patent troll problem. Did we miss something?  Questions or suggestions?  Feel free to leave a comment below, mention us on Twitter (@PatentProgress), or email…

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: June 6 Edition

This week’s big news was that on Monday, the Supreme Court decided Nautilus v. Biosig and Limelight v. Akamai.  As it had previously three times this term, the Supreme Court unanimously reversed the Federal Circuit in both cases.  EFF has a post explaining both of the decisions. Additionally, last Friday CCIA filed an amicus brief…

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: May 30 Edition

We’re still waiting on action in the Senate after the disappointing news last week. But yesterday, Rep. Cardenas (D-CA) and Rep. Farenthold (R-TX) introduced legislation in the House to stop patent troll litigation abuse at the ITC.  When that gets added to our Guide to Patent Reform Legislation, that will make 14 federal bills; plus…

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: May 23 Edition

This was a very disappointing week for patent reform.  On Wednesday, we found out that Senator Leahy took patent reform off of the Senate Judiciary Committee agenda for the month.  That doesn’t mean it’s permanently off the table, so please let both of your Senators know you support patent reform!  If you need more evidence…

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: May 16 Edition

Earlier this week we got an update on the FTC’s patent troll study, which is taking another round of comments.  A study by Lex Machina was also released this week, which “shows that patent lawsuits appear to be more numerous—and more concentrated—than ever before.” This week we also reported on the 46 states that support…

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: May 9 Edition

Good morning!  No news in the Senate this week.  We still don’t have a Manager’s Amendment, still haven’t had a markup, and don’t have any information on when either will be occurring. As we wrote last week, now is the time to let your Senators know that you want a strong patent reform bill! Earlier this week,…

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: May 2 Edition

Happy Friday!  Lots of news this week. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued two unanimous opinions overturning the Federal Circuit, Highmark and Octane Fitness, recognizing the importance of fee-shifting in curbing abusive litigation.  This week we also reported on district court decisions against Intellectual Ventures, MPHJ, and Rockstar.  This action in the courts truly demonstrates…