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PublishedOctober 4, 2013

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: October 4 Edition

As even our non-U.S. readers must know, the U.S. government is currently in a partial shutdown.  On the first day of the shutdown, Matt Levy explained what it means for patents, from the PTO to the ITC and federal courts to Congressional staff working on patent reform, which also made its way into IP-Watch.  On Wednesday, the Progressive Policy Institute came out with a report on how patent trolls harm innovation, which along with a report from this summer by the conservative Manhattan Institute, not to mention the bipartisan support for reform in Congress, demonstrates that this is an issue affecting citizens from across the political spectrum.  And on Monday, David Balto wrote about the FTC’s newly announced 6(b) study on patent trolls, and gave some guidance for their inquiry.

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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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