Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: December 6 Edition

Exciting news!  Yesterday, the House passed the Innovation Act by a 325-91 vote, with lots of bipartisan support.  As Matt Levy told The Hill’s Hillicon Valley, the legislation “is not perfect, but it has a lot of the key features to deal with the patent troll problem.”  I live-tweeted the debate of the bill and the amendments on @PatentProgress.  If you scan our feed, or the #InnovationAct hashtag, you’ll get a good idea of the concerns raised by members, and also the vote breakdowns for the eight amendments considered.  This is another huge step for patent reform, but there is still more to come.  It was also announced that there will be a hearing on December 17 in the Senate on “Protecting Small Businesses and Promoting Innovation by Limiting Patent Troll Abuse.”  We look forward to continued progress on this.

Earlier this week Matt Levy also had a post sharing Chairman Goodlatte’s excellent video about the Innovation Act.  And we put together a list of the hundreds of diverse supporters who have sent letters and publicly come out in favor of the Innovation Act.

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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.