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Like A Horror Movie Villain, The STRONGER Patents Act Returns

Since the STRONGER Patents Act was introduced last year, it’s basically been a dead topic.  Maybe that’s because the bill would gut the extremely successful inter partes review procedure and overturn more than a decade of Supreme Court precedent, crippling the ability of small and medium enterprises to develop products without fear.  It would even make…

Senate Introduces Bill To Prevent Abuse Of Sovereign Immunity

Yesterday Senators Cotton, McCaskill, Toomey, Ernst, and Perdue introduced the Preserving Access to Cost Effective Drugs (PACED) Act, a bill which would help prevent sovereign immunity from being abused to prevent invalid patents from being struck down by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. As Patent Progress has previously described, sovereign immunity has been abused…

You Don’t Need To Build An IPR Off-Ramp—It Already Exists

At the House Judiciary Committee’s IP Subcommittee hearing on sovereign immunity, Chairman Issa had a simple request for Phil Johnson, one of the witnesses—to, for the record, “look at the various off-ramp possibilities” for PTAB proceedings.  An off-ramp is a way for a patent owner to take their patent and amend it in front of…

Misleading Stats Lead To Misleading Testimony In Front Of Congress

Yesterday afternoon, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held a hearing on “Sovereign Immunity and the Intellectual Property System.”  A fascinating topic, and one I’ve written on right here in the past.  [1] [2] But I was struck by some testimony given by Philip Johnson, testimony he stood by…

IPR Successes: The Next Five Years

Over the past month, I’ve shown just how successful the inter partes review (IPR) program has been in its first five years.  IPR has saved billions of dollars and helped everyone from city governments to realtors to the targets of patent trolls funded by foreign countries.  Those stories are listed below: IPR Successes: Trolls and…

Understanding The Questions Asked At The “Bad Patents” Hearing

The recent House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on the Impact of Bad Patents on American Businesses addressed many of the points I made last week.  But it also highlighted a few issues where there’s some dispute or simply a lack of understanding. In particular, I think that the hearing’s focus on the (1) “broadest reasonable interpretation”…

STRONGER Patents, WEAKER Innovation

Yesterday, Senator Coons introduced his STRONGER Patents Act.  Senator Coons provided a section-by-section description of the bill, as well as the text of the bill.  And after reading it, I have some concerns.  Patent Progress previously covered Senator Coons’ STRONG Patents Act.  Much of STRONG Patents wound up in STRONGER Patents, and our analysis back…

AIPLA Signs on to IPO’s Misguided Proposal on § 101

AIPLA, the bar association for intellectual property lawyers, just released their recommendation and report on reforming § 101.  § 101 is the portion of the Patent Act that sets out what’s eligible to be patented, and what isn’t.  AIPLA’s basic complaint is that the Supreme Court has created uncertainty about what is eligible for patenting…

Quiz: Which Patent Bill Were They Talking About?

We hear the same complaints over and over every time Congress tries to improve the patent system. In fact, we’ve been hearing some of them for over 70 years. Here’s a little quiz to illustrate the point. I’ve listed some statements on the left and years on the right. See if you can match up…