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FTC Hearings #4: Patents, Intellectual Property, and Innovation

This post has been cross-posted to DisCo. Last week, the FTC held the fourth in its set of hearings focusing on “Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century.”  The first day focused on a review of the current landscape of intellectual property and competition.  The second day featured a variety of panels focusing on…

Finding A Few Problems In New “Inventor Protection Act”

There’s a bit of a glut of anti-innovation bills in Congress right now, ranging from the STRONGER Patents Act to Rep. Massie’s RALIA bill (which I hope to write about at a later date) and now, Rep. Rohrabacher’s H.R. 6557, the “Inventor Protection Act.”1   The bill begins with legislative findings.  Unfortunately, the “findings” that…

IP Witness Gives Incorrect Testimony To House Small Business Committee

Yesterday, the House Small Business Committee held a hearing on how small businesses use intellectual property.  And, as has happened before, promoting patents—but not necessarily promoting progress—offers data that doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. Chris Israel is an IP lobbyist for American Continental Group, with clients including Comcast, the Copyright Alliance, and Time Warner.  He’s…

More Evidence Is In—Alice Has Been Good For R&D

Tuesday marked one milestone—utility patent number 10,000,000.  But it also marked a far more important milestone—the 4-year anniversary of the Alice decision.  Looking back on those 4 years, Alice has been a clear success in eliminating patents that never should have issued.  It’s had a very limited impact on patent prosecution, with most applications entirely…

Granted In 19 Hours

Patent examiners have an extremely hard job.  They’re given a patent application—which could be anywhere from a page long up to hundreds of pages, with patent claims ranging from a couple sentences to pages of description—and expected to understand the technology behind the application, look for any possible examples of prior art, describe how the…

Innovation Is Alive And Well—Patenting Activity

After examining the evidence for U.S. innovation as shown by startups and venture capital, and by R&D spending, I want to look at patenting activity—new patent applications and new patent grants.  Particularly given accusations that the U.S. patent system has fallen behind other systems worldwide—accusations based on extremely questionable analysis—it’s worth looking at what patent…