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 An order issued by the U.S. ITC as a result of a 337 action, excluding from entry into the United States goods found to infringe a U.S. patent. against it.
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