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 America Invents Act of 2011. AIA made modest reforms, most notably moving the U.S. to a first-inventor-to-file system more aligned with foreign practice, but also including expanding prior user rights to all patent-eligible subject matter, and instituting a post-grant review proceeding. At Ten: The Positive Impact of An adversarial procedure created by the AIA for challenging patents. Intended to be similar to a court proceeding, the parties argue before an Administrative Patent Judge, not a patent examiner. The challenger must show a reasonable likelihood of successfully invalidating one claim before the PTAB will agree to grant a petition for 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 Intellectual Property Rights. Usually associated with formal legal rights such as patent, trademark, and copyright. Intellectual property is a broader term that encompasses knowledge, information, and data considered proprietary whether or not it is formally protected. 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.