Patent Quality Week: Public Interest Patents, The AIA At Ten, And More

This week marks the first annual Patent Quality Week.  Low quality patents can have huge negative impacts on business sectors from Main Street retailers to Silicon Valley startups, and everywhere in between.

Coordinated by Engine, a policy advocate for startups, Patent Quality Week includes a number of events focused on patent quality and how it impacts the innovation ecosystem.  This includes events describing efforts to promote the issuance of valid patents; prevent the issuance of weak, overbroad patents; find efficient mechanisms to eradicate bad patents; and to craft balance in patent enforcement.

CCIA is hosting an event this Thursday as part of Patent Quality Week.  Our event, titled “The AIA At Ten: The Positive Impact of Inter Partes Review,” includes panelists from across all aspects of innovation, including startups and life sciences, as well as public interest, academic, and economic perspectives.  Panelists will discuss how the IPR process has benefited the innovation ecosystem from their perspective.  To attend this virtual panel event, please register here.Other events this week include a panel focused on the public’s interest as a stakeholder in the U.S. patent system, a panel discussing how startups can get involved in patent policy, and a panel discussing the impact of patent policy on startups.

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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