PublishedDecember 6, 2013

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.

Did we miss something?  Questions or suggestions?  Feel free to leave a comment below, mention us on Twitter (@PatentProgress), or email us: patentprogress[AT]ccianet[DOT]org

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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