Tag Archive for Obama Administration

Suggestions for an FTC 6(b) Study on Patent Assertion Entities

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly hosted a workshop to explore the issue of patent assertion entities (PAEs) on December 10, 2012.  Since then there has been a growing consensus that PAEs are a significant problem for the technology and software industries.  Representative Peter DeFazio from Oregon and Representative Jason…

Previewing Tomorrow’s House Judiciary Hearing on Abusive Patent Litigation

Tomorrow, March 14, at 11:30AM in 2141 Rayburn, the House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet is holding a hearing on “Abusive Patent Litigation: The Impact on American Innovation & Jobs, and Potential Solutions.”  It will also be webcast live at http://www.judiciary.house.gov, and we will be live-tweeting it on…

Edith Ramirez is a Fantastic Choice for FTC Chairman

On February 28th the White House announced that President Obama has selected current Commissioner Edith Ramirez as the new Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission.  Chairwoman Ramirez is an excellent choice for antitrust enforcement generally, but is truly an ideal Chair for the FTC as it prepares to face the next generation of anti-competitive practices…

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…

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…