PublishedFebruary 21, 2014

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: February 21 Edition

Finally, some patent news!  Yesterday, the White House announced new initiatives to improve patent quality, and reported on the progress it’s been making on ongoing efforts.  The White House also hosted an event yesterday to discuss the executive actions, which emphasized innovation over litigation.  At the event, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker echoed a point we’ve made a few times recently ([1], [2]), which is that it’s time for the Senate to act on patent reform: “The House has already passed the Innovation Act. We need the Senate to act too.”  We agree, Secretary Pritzker!

Earlier in the week, Matt Levy dug deeper into the New York Times report that a U.S. patent was awarded to a scientist whose research had been discredited as fraudulent years ago, and explained how it demonstrates the need for meaningful patent reform.

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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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