Patent Progress contributor David Balto has an interesting op-ed in CQ Roll Call this week on foreign countries establishing what he refers to as “state-sponsored patent assertion entities.” He’s concerned with the possibility of anticompetitive domestic protectionism, and concludes that, on top of the mutually assured destruction that Patent Progress has pointed out, “[t]he last thing we need is to be involved in an actual patent cold war.” It’s definitely worth a read.
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.