Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: November 22 Edition

Big news this week!  On Wednesday evening, the House Judiciary Committee passed the Innovation Act by a 33-5 vote.  Matt Levy wrote a post explaining what’s in it (and what’s not), and why this is encouraging.  This is one huge step for patent reform, but it’s not over yet.  Another significant thing that happened this week was that Senator Leahy introduced his bill, the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act, on Monday.  A summary of the Leahy bill, the Manager’s Amendment of the Innovation Act, and the other eight bills, can all be found in Matt’s recent update of Patent Progress’s Guide to Patent Reform Legislation.  We look forward to seeing what happens next.

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Ali Sternburg

Ali Sternburg

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.