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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Posts by Josh Landau

Moving The USPTO From Red To Black

IBM is famous for obtaining a lot of patents.  Year after year, they’re the top recipient of U.S. patents (or, once in a while, in second place when you account for related entities.) But they’re also infamous among patent practitioners for abandoning a lot of patents after they issue.  Like, a lot of patents.  IBM…

Despite Patentee Protestations, It Isn’t Expertise That’s Bringing Plaintiffs to Waco

The meteoric rise of the Waco Division’s patent caseload is widely understood to be due to plaintiff-friendly policies on scheduling, transfer, and motions to dismiss. But recently, some patentees have taken a different tack.  They’ve claimed that the reason cases are headed there is because litigants want to take advantage of Judge Albright’s experience as…

Federal Circuit Nominee: Judges Should Judge The Cases They Have, Not Seek Cases They Want To Judge

Tiffany Cunningham, President Biden’s nominee to the Federal Circuit—the first nominee to that court in six years—is incredibly well qualified to join the bench of the court she once clerked for.  She’s spent her career litigating patent cases for plaintiffs and defendants, working on high-tech and life sciences cases, and she’s universally well-respected by all…

An IDEA Whose Time Has Come

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up the IDEA Act.  IDEA, sponsored by Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), stands for “Inventor Diversity for Economic Advancement.”  One of the problems with researching diversity and patents, much less diversity and innovation, is that there isn’t good data on who invents—there are all kinds of proxy metrics that…

World IP Day: Promoting Progress

Cross-posted on the Disruptive Competition Project. Today, April 26, is World Intellectual Property Day.  And in the U.S., Congress is granted the power to create copyrights and patents—two key forms of intellectual property—in the Constitution.  Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, grants Congress the power to “promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by…

Discretionary Denials at the PTAB Continue to Rise, Benefit NPEs

According to new data from Unified Patents, the rise in discretionary denials at the PTAB is showing no signs of slowing down.  In 2019, there were 6 denials based on co-pending litigation (so-called § 314(a) or Fintiv denials).  In these denials, the PTAB decides not to institute an inter partes review based primarily on related…

When Does “Without Ads” Mean “With Ads”? When You Want To Abuse A Patent

Funimation is a successful anime streaming company.  It has a monthly subscription tier, which is ad-free, and a free tier, which includes advertisement.  This week, failed company Firtiva filed a lawsuit against Funimation.  The lawsuit asserts that Funimation violates Firtiva’s patent, U.S. 10,116,999, titled “Method for advertisers to sponsor broadcasts without commercials.” “Without commercials” apparently…

One Case, All The Problems: VLSI v. Intel Exemplifies Current Issues In Patent Litigation

Patent litigation suffers from a number of issues at present. Hedge funds backing non-practicing entities (NPEs) in order to chase a share of billion-dollar judgments.   Plaintiffs using damages methodologies that have little to no relation to the reality of the patent system in order to obtain those billion dollar judgments. NPEs asserting patents that they…

New Study Shows That IPR Delivers An Economic Benefit, Even If The District Court Doesn’t Stay Litigation

New research from the Perryman Group shows that inter partes review (IPR) is economically beneficial, even if co-pending district court litigation isn’t stayed.  The Perryman study, commissioned by Unified Patents, examines IPR’s economic impact, including the difference between staying or continuing on with a co-pending district court case.  There are two important findings in this…