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House Committee Passes Innovation Act – Medical Device Group Expresses Opposition

The Innovation Act (H.R. 9), a patent reform bill introduced this congressional session, received bipartisan support in a 24-8 positive vote by the House Judiciary Committee on June 11, 2015. The bill is now scheduled to...more

Alabama’s New Non-Compete Statute: Are You Ready For New Year’s Day?

Those involved in drafting, negotiating, or litigating covenants-not-to-compete in Alabama have long known that Alabama’s statute books seldom provide ready answers on this particular topic. The text of current Alabama Code...more

Catching-Up On House Judiciary Committee’s Revised Innovation Act

Recently the House Judiciary Committee voted 24-8 to approve a revised version of the Innovation Act. As we previously discussed, the Innovation Act was re-introduced in the House earlier this year in the same form approved...more

Trump Goes A Rockin’: Neil Young Comes A Knockin’

Donald Trump, the New York real estate mogul and self-proclaimed business genius, just kicked off his campaign for the Republican Presidential nomination at Trump Tower in Manhattan to the tune of Neil Young’s Rockin’ In The...more

An Overview, A Summary And An Update To The Latest Patent Reform

Just four years ago in 2011, President Obama signed the America Invents Act (AIA) into law. Since the enactment of the AIA, there has continued to be steady pressure for further reform. In 2013, the Innovation Act was...more

Congress Continues to Promote Patent Reform Efforts

In recent years, Congress has devoted a great deal of attention to patent reform. Those efforts led in 2011 to passage of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), which was the most extensive revision of the patent laws in...more

Patent box concept emerges on the tax reform agenda for US Congress

Key tax writers in Congress are indicating that once Congress disposes of pending trade legislation, they will turn to their top legislative priority: reaching a consensus on international and business reform by the end of...more

Senate Judiciary Committee approves PATENT Act

Thursday, we reported on the manager’s amendments to the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act, or “PATENT Act,” a bi-partisan patent reform bill introduced by Senator Leahy and several other Senators. After...more

Patent Reform Heads to the Senate Floor

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 16-4 to send an amended version of S. 1137, the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship (PATENT) Act, to the full Senate for debate. The PATENT Act is this year’s...more

Canadian Copyright Term Extensions

As we noted in our earlier post the bill known as Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1 was tabled in the House of Commons on May 7, 2015. It passed Second Reading in the House of Commons on May 25th and is now with the House...more

Washington Insight - May 2015

In This Issue: - Trade Promotion Authority Bill Advances - The U.S. Crude Oil Export Ban: An Outdated Relic Of The Past - Rocky Road Ahead For FY2016 Appropriations Bills - Banking Committee...more

Patent Litigation Reform Legislation: State of Play

On April 29, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA), along with fellow Committee members Orrin Hatch (R-UT), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Amy...more

Privilege for Patent and Trademark Agents

As a result of Bill C-59, when passed, clients will enjoy a statutory privilege in their confidential communications with Canadian patent and trademark agents. This will provide Canadian clients who use patent and...more

Political Speech, Trademarks And The Definition of “Goods or Services”

Last month witnessed the resolution of two trademark infringement cases involving the relationship between political activities and the definition of “goods or services.” On May 18, 2015, State Senator Steve Hershey gave up...more

Patent box concept emerges on the tax reform agenda for US Congress

Key tax writers in Congress are indicating that once Congress disposes of pending trade legislation, they will turn to their top legislative priority: reaching a consensus on international and business reform by the end of...more

Does the Supreme Court’s latest move further obviate patent reform efforts?

One of the key components of patent reform has been increased disclosure requirements for patent complaints. Patent infringement defendants have long derided the sparsity of information provided by patent infringement...more

House Bill 194: Curbing Baseless Patent Infringement Claims

House Bill 194 was introduced on May 11, 2015, by primary sponsor Representative Kristina Roegner (R), Ohio House District 37. As introduced, the new bill will prohibit persons from engaging in the widespread sending of bad...more

Will We See Federal Trade Secret Legislation Passed This Year?

In January of this year, we noted that trade secret protection has lately been on the minds of lawmakers in Washington, and that federal trade secret legislation was very close to being enacted. While nothing is pending at...more

Senators Send Letter on Biosimilars to FDA

A group of Senators led by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, sent a letter last month to Dr. Stephen Ostroff, the Acting Commissioner of the U.S. Food...more

Does there need to be patent reform?

Regular readers know I am a fan of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. The show has done multiple segments relevant to our topics of discussion. They recently did a segment on patent reform....more

Patent Prosecution Updates

On April 14, 2015, the House of Representatives introduced a bill to amend the pre-filing grace period provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA). The bill, entitled "Grace Period Restoration Act of 2015" (H.R. 1791),...more

A Summary of 2015’s Proposed Patent Reform Legislation

This year’s debate on federal patent reform has begun in earnest. Last Friday, the White House expressed its support for the leading Senate bill, the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship (PATENT) Act (S. 1137), and...more

Why the Grace Period Restoration Act Is a Bad Idea

Representatives Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Conyers (D-MI) have introduced the “Grace Period Restoration Act of 2015? (H.R. 1791) to “correct the drafting problem in the Leahy-Smith American Invents Act relating to the grace...more

Medical Device Trade Group Pens Letter in Opposition to Innovation Act

The Medical Device Manufacturers Association (“MDMA”) has been vocal in lobbying Capitol Hill for what they consider “necessary changes” to patent law for continuing medical device innovation.  Part of that lobbying has...more

Music Artists take Charge - The Fair Play Fair Pay Act

On April 13th, four Congressional members introduced the Fair Play, Fair Pay Act of 2015 (FPFPA), which requires traditional radio stations to pay song writers and performers royalties – just as their internet and satellite...more

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