Patent Reform

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House Committee Advances Competing Patent Reform Legislation

With yesterday’s House Judiciary Committee vote, there are now competing, and in some respects significantly different, patent reform proposals under serious consideration in the House and the Senate. Among the most important...more

Possibility of More Reform Spurs Increase in Patent Case Filings

Lex Machina’s Spring 2015 Patent Case Filing Trends: "Patent case filings have been generally higher in the first five months of 2015 than in the last 8 months of 2014. May of 2015 had the most patent cases filed on any...more

Patent Pending: The Outlook for Patent Legislation in the 114th Congress

The field of patent law is in a state of flux. Just four years after the America Invents Act (“AIA”) went into effect, Congress is taking up the issue once again, this time seeking to pass legislation to curb abusive patent...more

House Committee Advances Patent Reforms Aimed to Curb Patent Litigation Abuses

On June 11, 2015, the House Judiciary Committee voted 24-8 to approve the Innovation Act of 2015, a bill aimed to curb abusive litigation by so-called patent trolls. "Today in this committee, we are taking a pivotal step...more

July Congressional Agenda

After a weekend of fireworks, parades, and apple pie, Congress returns from the Independence Day recess this week with the Senate scheduled to be in session for five weeks and the House of Representatives in session for four...more

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

Innovators Beware! Patent Reform Creates the New “Anti-Patent” Troll

Recent years have seen a wave of efforts to control frivolous patent-infringement lawsuits perpetrated by so-called patent trolls. These started with the America Invents Act of 2011 and have been followed by the Patent Law...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

New USPTO Expedited Patent Appeal Pilot Program

On June 15, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) issued Notice in the Federal Register announcing a new pilot program, the Expedited Patent Appeal Pilot. Under the program an appellant may have an ex...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

A Sea Change for IPRs? Late-Breaking Section 11 Regarding IPRs Part of the PATENT Act Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee

As reported here last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the PATENT Act bill, with a Managers Amendment that includes several IPR-specific provisions. With this Amendment, the PATENT Act now has two major...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

Revised Version Of Senate Patent Reform Bill Released

Innovation Act. Since 2013, the House and the Senate have considered various forms of patent reform legislation that attempt to address perceived patent litigation abuse. See our Dec. 9, 2013 post. In February, the House...more

Senate Judiciary Committee Passes PATENT Act

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act (S. 1137, otherwise known as the PATENT Act) yesterday on a vote of 12-4, with Senators Grassley (R-IA), Hatch (R-UT), Sessions...more

“Limitations”, “Elements” And Bears, Oh My!

Patent claims have “limitations.” Accused infringing products have “elements.” A patent owner may argue that patent claim “limitations” read onto “elements” of an accused infringing product. The Federal Circuit, sitting en...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

Group of National and State Organizations Asks Congress to Enact Legislative Reforms to Maintain Strong Patent System

Last month, more than 90 national and state advocacy organizations sent a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, urging Congress to enact legislative reforms that will maintain a strong and...more

The PATENT Act in Its Infancy

The Senate Judiciary Committee members introduced the bipartisan Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act of 2015 (the PATENT Act) on April 29, 2015, aimed at curbing abusive patent practices and litigation. The...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

Patent Litigation Report Raises Questions

A recent publication by PricewaterhouseCoopers announced that patent suit filings in 2014 had reduced by 13% from the prior year, and concluded that this "dramatic shift" was "[d]riven by Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, which raised...more

[Event] BakerHostetler 26th Annual Legislative Seminar - June 10, Washington, D.C.

Please join us on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, for the 26th Annual Legislative Seminar in Washington, D.C., a one-day program focused on tax, budget, financial services, banking, healthcare, energy, and technology....more

Who Wins With Google's New Patent Marketplace (Other Than Google)?

There’s something off about Google’s Patent Purchase Promotion....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

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