PublishedSeptember 27, 2013

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: September 27 Edition

This week Rep. Goodlatte released a discussion draft of patent legislation, which has a lot of potential to help #fixpatents.  Matt was quoted in The Hill earlier this week on the draft, where he and some others gave reactions to the text.  On Monday, CCIA filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court requesting that they grant cert in the WildTangent case, a case that has the potential to fix problems of abstract patenting.

Earlier this week, Matt had a post explaining why a letter that some organizations and companies sent to Congress in opposition of Covered Business Method (CBM) expansion was inaccurate, and reiterating that CBM expansion is essential for effective, meaningful patent reform.  That post was quoted in The Washington Post‘s The Switch, which explained that it’s not just trolls that are opposed to patent reform but also large incumbents with a lot of patents; the post was also quoted in Techdirt, which explained how this opposition illustrates the theme that old companies litigate, while new startups innovate.  Additionally, CCIA’s Ed Black had an op-ed this week in the Huffington Post explaining why the Administration should give Samsung equal treatment and disapprove the ITC’s exclusion order against it.

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Ali Sternburg


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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