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Anti-Patent Troll Legislation: What is Proposed and What it Could Mean

Proposed patent legislation has been causing a stir at both the federal and state levels recently. In an effort to curb infringement litigation initiated by non-practicing entities, often referred to as "patent trolls,"...more

Stopping Bad Legislation -- The Innovation Alliance Speaks Out

On the day before the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to take up S. 1720 (The Patent Transparency and Improvements Act), the Innovation Alliance delivered a letter to Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Grassley...more

Stopping Bad Patents -- Senator Schumer Takes on the "Patent Trolls"

In what turned out not to be an April Fools' Day joke, Senator Charles Schumer (at right) of New York participated earlier today in a Google+ Hangout sponsored by the Internet Association. According to their website, this...more

Looking Upstream: Weighing Proposed Changes To Customer Stays In Patent Litigation*

At a time when congressional partisanship is the norm, curbing lawsuits filed by nonpracticing entities (NPEs) may be one of the few issues uniting Washington. Over the past year, both Republicans and Democrats introduced...more

Senate Legislation Update -- The Commerce Committee Gets in the Act

Last Thursday, Sen. McCaskill, along with Sen. Rockefeller, introduced the "Transparency in Assertion of Patents Act" (S. 2049). Of course, several other bills are currently pending in the Senate that have been introduced by...more

White House Announces Executive Actions Designed to Combat Patent Trolls

Last week, the White House announced new executive actions characterized as initiatives “to combat patent trolls and further strengthen our patent system and foster innovation.” This marks a continuation of the White House’s...more

White House Seeks to Promote Transparency Concerning Patent Ownership

Last week, the Obama Administration announced "major progress on a series of initiatives designed to combat patent trolls and further strengthen our patent system and foster innovation" (see "The White House Releases Update...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 12, Issue 1 (Winter 2014): “Patent Trolls” Beware –...

If the mainstream media is to be believed, the patent system is now “broken.” This notion is frequently blamed on the perceived increase in so-called patent assertion entities (“PAEs”), referred to derogatorily in the press...more

For Whom the Bell Trolls

Government efforts to block patent troll activity gained momentum this summer, as the White House issued five executive orders and members of Congress fielded no fewer than five bills aimed at such issues as patent quality...more

Patent Reform Bill Progresses through the House

The steady rise in patent litigation in the United States has captured the attention of Congress, which currently has several bills regarding patent reform active in various stages of the legislative process. On December 5,...more

Legislation Targeting Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs) Passes in House by Comfortable Margin

On Thursday, December 5, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the “Innovation Act” (H.R. 3309), a bill principally aimed at curtailing certain patent infringement litigation practices of non-practicing entities...more

Reaction to the Passage of the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309)

As we reported last week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act, by on overwhelming margin. A copy of the final bill can be found here. The next step is consideration by the U.S. Senate, where on...more

Round Two of U.S. Patent Reform Progresses as House Passes Goodlatte Innovation Act

On December 5, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3309, the “Innovation Act” originally introduced by Congressman Goodlatte (R-VA). The bill passed by a vote of 325-91, with four amendments to the bill as...more

Information Technology & Industry Council and King & Spalding Co-Host Thought Leadership Event on Patent Litigation Reform and...

On November 14, 2013, the Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC) and King & Spalding co-hosted a thought leadership event focused on abusive patent litigation and its effect on U.S. innovation. The Capitol Hill event...more

Trolls Better Watch Out This Halloween -- Senator Hatch Introduces Patent Litigation Integrity Act

Just in time for Halloween, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has introduced yet another piece of legislation to combat the perceived "patent troll" problem. The Patent Litigation Integrity Act (S. 1612) is aimed at shifting the...more

House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Innovation Act

Earlier today, the House Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing to discuss the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309), a bill that was introduced last week by the Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The Committee...more

For Patent Office, it’s Business-as-Usual During Government Shutdown…for Now

Since last Tuesday, October 1, 2013, the government shutdown has forced several U.S. governmental agencies to reduce operations and furlough employees. This has not been the case for the United States Patent and Trademark...more

House Judiciary Committee Drafts Legislation Proposing Sweeping Changes in Patent Infringement Litigation

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia has released a second discussion draft of legislation intended to restrict litigation brought by non-practicing entities (NPEs). In June 2013, the White...more

Capital Thinking: Technology and Communications

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - FCC Nominations - The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation is expected to hold a confirmation hearing on Republican Michael O’Reilly’s nomination to serve as a...more

Panel Calls For Litigation Reform To Address Patent Trolls

In a June 18, 2013, panel discussion titled “Trolls, Traders, and Wizards – Understanding the Market for Innovation,” the impact of the recently implemented America Invents Act (AIA), as well as the prospects for even more...more

Will FTC Chairman Leibowitz’s Departure Change The Enforcement Landscape?

After three years at the helm of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Chairman Jon Leibowitz stepped down. Without a doubt Chairman Leibowitz has been a visible and relentless advocate for restricting pay-for-day or reverse...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - June 2012

In This Issue: - 01 United States Continues To Make Progress At The U.S. - China Strategic And Economic Dialogue - 02 New U.S. Model Treaty Text To Promote Bilateral Investments With Emerging Economies - 03...more

Nexsen Pruet's LightSwitch Intellectual Property Law Bulletin - Third Quarter 2011 - Volume Four, No. 3

In This Issue: - The America Invents Act - NPR's This American Life Takes on the Patent System - Hey! You Stole the Invention I paid You to Invent! Excerpt from The America Invents...more

Co-opting Political Symbols for Commercial Use

The Lanham Act prevents applicants from registering any of a number of words and devices as marks, including immoral or scandalous matter and flags or coats of arms. In terms of the latter exclusion, such a prohibition makes...more

MBHB Snippets - Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law, Summer 2011, Volume 9, Issue 3

In This Issue: 1 On the Brink of Change — Congress Passes Patent Reform 1 ICANN’s Proposal for New Generic Top Level Domain Names 8 The Supreme Court Review of the Federal Circuit: Recent Decisions with Varying...more

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