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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 will nominate someone who helps him accomplish patent reform, as he had called for in the State of the Union.

In legislation news, yesterday the TROL Act was passed out of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee.  This is not a good thing.  A few weeks ago Matt explained why focusing on demand letters is not helpful for those of us who actually want to fix the troll problem.  After the bill was referred to the full committee yesterday, CCIA released a statement with more information about why this particular bill is so problematic, including that it will impair the FTC’s and state AGs’ abilities to go after trolls.

And on Wednesday, six tech companies announced a new agreement called the License on Transfer (LOT) network that should help prevent patents from getting in the hands of trolls.

Did we miss something?  Questions or suggestions?  Feel free to leave a comment below, mention us on Twitter (@PatentProgress), or email us: patentprogress[AT]ccianet[DOT]org

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 press release:  “This is an important tool in the fight against patent trolls, but it is not going to solve the problem.” And last Friday, Matt elaborated more about the study CCIA released last week, which “found that PAE litigation has a strong negative impact on venture capital investment and startups.” Did we miss something?  Questions or suggestions?  Feel free to leave a comment below, mention us on Twitter (@PatentProgress), or email us: patentprogress[AT]ccianet[DOT]org

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 us: patentprogress[AT]ccianet[DOT]org

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 in Apple v. Samsung at the Federal Circuit. Did we miss something?  Questions or suggestions?  Feel free to leave a comment below, mention us on Twitter (@PatentProgress), or email us: patentprogress[AT]ccianet[DOT]org

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 as of our last update to our Guide to State Patent Reform Legislation, there are now 27 states that have passed or are considering patent reform bills. As always, please let both of your Senators know you support patent reform! Did we miss something?  Questions or suggestions?  Feel free to leave a comment below, mention us on Twitter (@PatentProgress), or email us: patentprogress[AT]ccianet[DOT]org