Matthew Schruers

Matthew Schruers

Matthew Schruers is Vice President for Law & Policy at the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), where he represents and advises the association on domestic and international policy issues including intellectual property, competition, and trade.  He is also an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and the Georgetown Graduate School Program on Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT), where he teaches courses on intellectual property.

Mr. Schruers joined CCIA from Morrison & Foerster LLP in 2005, where he practiced intellectual property, antitrust, and administrative law.  Mr. Schruers received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served on the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review, and received his B.A. from Duke University.

Posts by Matt Schruers

Schumer Proposes Expansion of Covered Business Method Program

Today Senator Schumer announced a proposal to expand the “covered business method” program instituted at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by the 2011 America Invents Act (AIA).  That initiative, which took effect in September of last year, led to new rules to allow threatened businesses to formally challenge the validity of dubious patents before…

Observations on Crossing the RAND Rubicon

Last week a federal court crossed into uncharted territory, for the first time calculating the proper reasonable and non-discriminatory (RAND) royalty on a standard-essential patent (SEP).  [PDF here, via Ars]  The dispute arose in litigation between Motorola and Microsoft over implementations of Motorola-owned patents incorporated into WiFi and video standards, which Motorola had agreed to…

Judge Rader misses the point

At IPWatchdog Gene Quinn covers a speech by Federal Circuit Chief Judge Rader at the Association of University Technology Managers in San Antonio.  According to the post, the Chief Judge said matter-of-factly Yes, I do think there is a litigation abuse problem.” Game on! Chief Judge Rader would go on to discuss the blackmail-like shake-downs…

Google Retaliates Against BT Patent Suits in US, UK

In a fresh salvo in the ongoing patent wars, Google launched infringement actions against British Telecom (BT) in California and the United Kingdom (UK) on Wednesday.  The suits appear to be in retaliation to a number of claims against Google, including a suit brought against Google in U.S. federal court in Delaware in late 2011.…

The Continued Challenge Posed by Abstract Patents

What is the state of the patent system?  In 2009, scholars framed the question as whether it was failing.  In 2011, the question was whether it was in crisis.  Now, Wired Magazine’s “Patent Fix” series sees experts debating whether it is entirely broken.  Judging by titles alone, we’re losing ground.  The mounting tide of patent research provides more empirical…