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Medical Technology Patents at the PTAB

IPR…Not Just For Trolls With Congress on the verge of passing still more legislation directed at alleviating the dreaded “patent troll” problem, perhaps Congress should pause to consider what has already been accomplished over the last 18+ months. As pointed at by Gene Quinn at...

Recalibrated Patent Reform Bill Unveiled Thursday?

Leahy/Cornyn Compromise Hammered Out? Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee generally considered bill S. 1720 entitled Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013 but held over the matter for this week . It seems there was a bit of a stalemate on the topic of litigation fee shifting and expansion...

States Getting in on Patent Infringement Fight

by Rich Ehisen For all intents and purposes, patent law reform is an issue that has long been the purview of the federal government and the court system. But with intense pressure building at all levels of government to combat so-called "patent trolls" — companies that exist primarily...

Back to Basics: Focusing on Patent Quality to Fight Patent Trolls

Here’s a suggestion for a movie sequel. It takes its cue from the 2012 dark fantasy action film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter , which was based on a mashup novel of the same name. This is the idea: Barack Obama: Patent Troll Slayer! It’s got… executive branch attitude! If that...

Senate Delays Patent Bill...Again

Passage of Major Reform in 2014 Seems Unlikely This morning the Senate Judiciary Committee once again delayed release of the manager’s amendment of The Patent Transparency & Improvement Act . Perhaps the committee needed additional time to study the impact of this week’s Supreme Court...

Patent Reform is Dead for 2014

Writing is on the Wall for 2014 With yet another (5th or 6th?) manager’s amendment delay announced yesterday by the Senate Judiciary Committee, it is clear that momentum for patent reform is waning on the Senate side. Whether it be the recent Supreme Court decisions mooting the need for fee...

PTAB Popularity Undermines Push for Further Patent Reform

Patent Reform Has Been in the Hands of the Public Since September 2012 The last round of patent reform was enacted into law in 2011 as the America Invents Act (AIA). Along with the AIA came new patent challenge mechanisms that first became available to the public in September of 2012. These mechanisms...

Renewed Patent Reform Chatter, Why?

Congress Clings to Familiar Patent Reform Issue As we approach the witching hour of mid-term elections, Congress begins to turn back to the business of law making. With so few legislative initiatives having meaningful bipartisan support, and a lame duck executive eager to appear — well, not...

Republicans Eye Further Patent Reform for 2015

Patent Reform Propaganda Amps Up With the incoming Republican majority itching to make their mark, patent reform appears at the top of the legislative agenda for 2015. As discussed previously, the interest in further reform is based more on political expediency than true need . That is, selling the...

Further Patent Reform.....Don't Believe the Hype

Proponents of Further Reform Beginning to Scramble This time last year, further patent reform efforts had steamrolled their way through the House. While the House passed the Goodlatte Bill with surprising urgency, efforts on the Senate side became hopelessly deadlocked last spring on a variety of...

Senate Democrats Propose Bill to Gut AIA Trials

Misguided STRONG Act Would Undo Years of AIA Progress Well, if you expected the Goodlatte Bill to sail through the House for swift passage through the Senate, forget about it. Hill chatter has indicated that the significant House support of the Bill has diminished since the last vote in 2013 (and...

O.J. Simpson & Patent Reform

Should Systemic Changes to The Patent System Be Undertaken in Response to Bad Actors? Efforts to enact patent reform (as well as the America Invents Act of 2011) are/were largely driven by the perception that the patent system is being abused by bad actors. Currently, many of the most established...

More Patent Reform Theater on Tap

House Judiciary Committee to Hear Testimony from USPTO & Industry Reps Today, the House Judiciary Committee will conduct a hearing on the "Innovation Act" (H.R. 9) . Scheduled speakers include USPTO Director Lee, general counsel for BIO, and other in-house counsel. As most know, the...

PTAB Considers Unplugging Hedge Fund Filings

Hedge Fund IPR Scheme Unraveling Last week, the USPTO's Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) authorized a Motion for Sanctions in four IPR proceedings filed by the now infamous Kyle Bass & friends. The motion for sanctions will be based on an alleged abuse of process by Bass & Co. for...

Patent Reform Efforts Lack Traction

Senate Patent Reform Effort Placed Back on Calendar Whether a favor to pro-reform lobbyists, or just wishful thinking, Senate Bill S.1137 (the "PATENT Act") has been placed back on the Senate Calendar . As a reminder, a Manager's Amendment to the bill last spring included a pile of PTAB...

Patent Reform Efforts Lack Traction

Senate Patent Reform Effort Placed Back on Calendar Whether a favor to pro-reform lobbyists, or just wishful thinking, Senate Bill S.1137 (the "PATENT Act") has been placed back on the Senate Calendar . As a reminder, a Manager's Amendment to the bill last spring included a pile of PTAB...