PublishedNovember 8, 2013

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: November 8 Edition

Lots of support from venture capitalists (VCs) this week on patent reform!  And that makes sense, because VCs have the power and resources to invest in startups, and they don’t want the risk of patent litigation as a liability.  39 VCs sent a letter to Congress this week in support of patent reform; a cheaper to alternative to litigation (like CBM review!) was their first suggestion.  Professor Robin Feldman also had a new study come out this week on how VCs are influenced by patent troll demand letters.  Both of these developments were covered in Matt’s post from Wednesday.

Also, yesterday the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on Demand Letters and Consumer Protection: Examining Deceptive Practices by Patent Assertion Entities.  I live-tweeted the hearing on @PatentProgress.  If you scan our feed, or the hashtags #fixpatents, #patentreform, and #trollhearing, you’ll get a good idea of what was raised by members and witnesses.

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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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