Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: May 23 Edition

This was a very disappointing week for patent reform.  On Wednesday, we found out that Senator Leahy took patent reform off of the Senate Judiciary Committee agenda for the month.  That doesn’t mean it’s permanently off the table, so please let both of your Senators know you support patent reform!  If you need more evidence of how the Senate can help, earlier this week Matt explained how the Lex Machina study I mentioned last week demonstrated how reforming discovery rules could really rein in patent trolling.

Despite Wednesday’s announcement, yesterday the House Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing on demand letters.  Public Knowledge’s Charles Duan live-tweeted it at @charles_duan, and you can also scan the #fixpatents hashtag for more insights.

And in other news, last Friday night it was announced that Apple and Google are settling all of their patent reform disputes, which is one big step to ending the smartphone patent wars.

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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.