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

And we’re back!  Our posting volume dropped in August, but the Patent Progress blog is back in action.

August hasn’t been very busy with developments on patent reform, due to Congress not being in session, but last week brought some news:  On August 22, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a long-awaited report, “Assessing Factors That Affect Patent Infringement Litigation Could Help Improve Patent Quality.”  On Wednesday, Matt Levy wrote a post debunking some critical responses to the report, and instead demonstrated that the statistics in the GAO report support our message that there is a patent troll problem.

Last Friday, David Balto wrote about how Minnesota joins Vermont and Nebraska in their AG taking action against patent trolls.  And yesterday, David Balto had another post about a new paper by economist Erik Hovenkamp which demonstrated the harms of bottom feeder trolls.

There will be more to come soon when Congress comes back to Washington!

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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.