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Big Tech vs. Big Pharma: An Article Filled With Big Errors

On Monday, the Financial Times published an article by Rana Foroohar.  While there are a lot of flaws in the article, one particularly pernicious myth shows up—the myth that patent trolls aren’t really a problem.  Purporting to look at patent reform as a battle between the tech industry and pharmaceutical manufacturers, the FT article gives…

Michelle Lee Is a Good Choice to Head the PTO

The White House announced yesterday that it’s nominating current Deputy Director Michelle Lee to be Director of the . By all accounts, she’s done a good job during a difficult time at the USPTO. This is definitely a smart move by the Administration. We’ll have more to say on this later.

Obama Administration Stays Focused on Patent Quality

Last June, the Obama Administration announced a number of executive actions to tackle the patent troll problem and improve patent quality. President Obama also talked about patent reform in his State of the Union speech this year. Today, the Administration followed up with a progress report and some new actions. Overall, there are good developments…

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: June 21 Edition

Welcome, new readers who are joining us after yesterday’s event and big announcement!  Yesterday at an event co-sponsored by CCIA (which hosts this blog) and AAI (the American Antitrust Institute), FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez announced her intent to have the FTC do a 6(b) study on patent assertion entities, as the New York Times had…

Troll Economics: The White House Weighs In

Last week, the White House released its agenda of legislative priorities and executive actions on high-tech patent issues.  It was accompanied by a report, Patent Assertion and U.S. Innovation, that builds on recent research and makes the case for the agenda.  The agenda is attributed to the White House Task Force on High-Tech Patent Issues,…

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: June 14 Edition

Hi there!  No, this week wasn’t quite as eventful as last week.  (If you missed the big patent news, check out last week’s roundup.)  But we still have some news you don’t want to miss. First up, on Saturday June 8, our own Matt Levy’s Letter to the Editor was published in the New York Times, in…

Talking Points Mau-Mau: Sununu Objects to Reform on Patent Trolls

Former Sen. John E. Sununu has an op-ed in the Boston Globe today that perfectly encapsulates the talking points of those who oppose efforts to clamp down on patent trolls. First is the “Patents Are a Constitutional Right” argument: A patent is a property right, written into the Constitution by the Framers to encourage innovation. The…

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: June 7 Edition

Happy Friday, Patent Progress readers!  Today was a big week for patent news.  In case you missed it, on Tuesday the White House came out with a new plan to combat patent trolls — five executive actions and seven legislative proposals — as well as a new study from the Executive Office of the President.…