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PublishedSeptember 23, 2013

CCIA Asks Supreme Court to Help #FixPatents in WildTangent Case

Today, CCIA filed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to grant cert in the WildTangent case.  This case could help fix patents and clarify some of the confusion that has come out of recent decisions at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  As Matt Levy explained in CCIA’s press release, this case could do a lot to fix the problems of abstract patenting:

This case is an opportunity for the court to clarify when software should be eligible for a patent versus when someone is trying to patent an abstract idea such as the way of displaying ads that is at the root of this case. This problem is one of the main contributors to the current patent crisis. With the division in the Federal Circuit over applying current legal precedents on software patents, the Supreme Court is the only hope of fixing this problem.

We hope that the Supreme Court will consider hearing this case.

Ali Sternburg

, CCIA

Ali Sternburg is Vice President, Information Policy at the Computer & Communications Industry Association, where she focuses on intermediary liability, copyright, and other areas of intellectual property. Ali joined CCIA during law school in 2011, and previously served as Senior Policy Counsel, Policy Counsel, and Legal Fellow. She is also an Inaugural Fellow at the Internet Law & Policy Foundry.

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.

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