Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: June 28 Edition

Good morning!

On Monday, Reuters reported that the International Trade Commission (ITC) is taking steps to rein in frivolous litigation from patent trolls, by requiring “companies to prove upfront that they have a significant presence in the United States.”  This is welcome news, as the ITC can get abused by patent trolls.  We will have a post all about the elusive ITC soon, so stay tuned.

Two great opinion pieces came out this week.  On Monday’s Timothy Lee from Washington Post’s Wonkblog had a post on the problem of abstract patents, in the context of the Ultramercial patent being upheld by the Federal Circuit, which the headline rightly called “one of the worst patents ever.”  (Also just wanted to give a shoutout to Patent Progress reader Eric J Weibel, who commented on last Friday’s roundup about the Ultramercial v. Hulu opinion.)  On Wednesday, Santa Clara law professor Colleen Chien had an article in Wired Opinion all about patent trolls, the problems they cause, and possible solutions.

Wednesday also featured a post by Brandon Bailey in the San Jose Mercury News tech blog Silicon Beat, which profiled Matt Levy and his optimism about proposed fixes to the patent system.  Finally, yesterday Matt Levy came out with a post on the smartphone patent wars (remember those?) and privateering, complete with a Star Wars-inspired video introduction.

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Ali Sternburg

Ali Sternburg

Ali Sternburg is Senior Policy 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.