Innovation Is Alive And Well

During 2017 we saw the 5 year anniversary of the America Invents Act and 7 years of post-Bilski jurisprudence (including Mayo, Myriad, and Alice).  And there are also reports that innovation in the U.S. is falling.  That makes it a good time to look at the real world impacts of these changes on innovation.  The evidence is in, and the evidence shows that the state of U.S. innovation is strong.

Over the next couple weeks, I’ll take a look at the details of that evidence, ranging from startup activity to research and development to patent activity.  I’ll show that startup activity remains consistently strong in the U.S., particularly in high tech industries.  I’ll show that research and development spending in innovation-centric industries like technology and pharmaceuticals continues to increase.  And I’ll show that (while it isn’t really a good measure of innovation) U.S. patenting activity continues to be strong.

In other words, U.S. industries continue to be leaders in a wide range of technologies.  Changes in patent law have not hurt their ability to compete or to innovate.

Joshua Landau

Joshua Landau is the Patent Counsel at the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), where he represents and advises the association regarding patent issues.  Mr. Landau joined CCIA from WilmerHale in 2017, where he represented clients in patent litigation, counseling, and prosecution, including trials in both district courts and before the PTAB.

Prior to his time at WilmerHale, Mr. Landau was a Legal Fellow on Senator Al Franken’s Judiciary staff, focusing on privacy and technology issues.  Mr. Landau received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.S.E.E. from the University of Michigan.  Before law school, he spent several years as an automotive engineer, during which time he co-invented technology leading to U.S. Patent No. 6,934,140.

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