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As USPTO Oversight Hearing Approaches, Some Questions On Eligibility

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director Andrei Iancu will testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Intellectual Property on Wednesday as the sole witness in a USPTO oversight hearing.  The chair of the Subcommittee, Sen. Tillis (R-NC), and the ranking member, Sen. Coons (D-DE), have both expressed an active interest…

Patent Links and Articles To Read By The Fire

While it might not be as cold this New Year’s as it was last year, that doesn’t mean you can’t settle in to read by the fire.  And what better to read about than patents? Here’s what I’ll be taking a look at over New Year’s. Time and the Patent Office First, Professors Michael Frakes…

USPTO Releases 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

The USPTO released the final version of its 2018-2022 Strategic Plan today.  I previously wrote about the flaws in the draft strategic plan.  The draft plan did, however, at least note the importance of stakeholder engagement.  To assist in this goal, the Office asked for comments on the draft. In fact, the released strategic plan…

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…

Cisco, Google, MIT, and USPTO Team Up To Create Prior Art Archive

One of the biggest problems in patent examination is actually finding prior art.  When it comes to patents and patent applications, that’s relatively easy—examiners have access to databases of all patents and applications, and they’re well-trained in searching those databases.  But when it comes to non-patent prior art—product manuals, journal articles, standards proposals, and other…

Yet More Evidence That NPEs Are Harmful To Innovation

Profs. Cohen, Gurun, and Kominers first published a paper collecting evidence of the impacts of NPEs on innovation in 2014.  Recently, they updated the paper, incorporating additional evidence and research from the past four years.  The key takeaways? “NPE litigation has a real negative impact on innovation at targeted firms: firms substantially reduce their innovative…