Tag Archive for America Invents Act

Patent Fixes Pick up Steam in Congress

(Cross post on DisCo) What a difference a year makes in Congress.  Last year, Reps. DeFazio (D-OR) and Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced the Saving High-tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes (SHIELD) Act.  The bill generated some attention in the press, but never made it onto the campaign year legislative agenda. Then we hit a tipping point…

Schumer Proposes Expansion of Covered Business Method Program

Today Senator Schumer announced a proposal to expand the “covered business method” program instituted at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by the 2011 America Invents Act (AIA).  That initiative, which took effect in September of last year, led to new rules to allow threatened businesses to formally challenge the validity of dubious patents before…

Obama Acknowledges Patent Troll Problem [w/ Transcript]

[Cross-posted on DisCo] It’s not often that the President or an Administration talks explicitly about detailed aspects of technology and intellectual property policy.  For President Obama, it has came up a few times: in Obama’s Reddit AMA, and the White House’s response to petitions about SOPA.  But today’s quotes from President Obama were even better. This afternoon, President…

Patents in the News

Patents in the News is a new feature on Patent Progress which will share stories about (you guessed it) patents in the news.  If you have any tips, you can always mention us on Twitter (@PatentProgress), or email us: patentprogress[AT]ccianet[DOT]org Why East Texas courts are back on “top” for patent lawsuits (Ars Technica) US federal courts…

Helping Startups Help Themselves: Why the SHIELD Act is TRIPS Compliant

(Cross-posted on Disruptive Competition Project (DisCo)) As I have discussed before, patent trolls pose a unique threat to technology startup companies.  The limited resources and small launch windows that constrain life as a startup company make them vulnerable to patent trolls.  Trolls leverage the sheer cost of fighting a patent challenge — even if the odds of…

Life after David Kappos: What should President Obama look for in the next head of the US Patent and Trademark Office?

Numerous outlets reported Monday that the current head of the Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), David Kappos, would be stepping down.  While we have disagreed with Kappos at Patent Progress, especially over his positions on software patents in his recent speech at the Center for American Progress, Kappos has moved the USPTO in the right…