CCIA Letter to Senate Judiciary IP Subcommittee Members On Questionable Studies

At last week’s Senate Judiciary IP Subcommittee hearing, questioners referenced two studies.  The first, on multiple IPR petitions, was conducted by Steve Carlson and Ryan Schultz of Robins Kaplan.  The second, on venture capital and § 101, was conducted by Prof. David Taylor of SMU.

But, as Twain said in a somewhat more colorful form, it’s important to get your numbers right.  Data can be misinterpreted and these two studies have some significant flaws.  Below is a letter from the Computer & Communications Industry Association to the members of the Subcommittee, explaining CCIA’s concerns with the referenced studies.


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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