Posts in Capitol Hill


This Week in Washington IP: Protecting State Venue Choices in Big Tech Antitrust Lawsuits, Designing Accessible Digital Public Infrastructure, and Addressing Climate Change and Food Security with Oceanic Tech Developments

This week in Washington IP events, both houses of Congress are mainly quiet this week except for an executive business meeting hosted by the Senate Judiciary Committee …
By IPWatchdog
3 months ago 0

This Week in Washington IP: PPAC Quarterly Meeting, Pending Nominations Within the DOE’s Science Leadership, and Bills on Composite Technologies and Cybersecurity in U.S. Infrastructure

This week in Washington IP news, the House of Representatives remains quiet as it enters a scheduled district work period. However, several Senate committees will host hearings …
By IPWatchdog
3 months ago 0

A Closer, Evidence-Based Look at ‘Patent Quality’ Advocacy

The Patent Infringer Lobby has ramped up banging the drum about “patent quality.” They dedicated a week-long campaign to questioning "patent quality,” which its constituents regard as …
By James Edwards
3 months ago 17

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Legislation to Reduce Drug Prices, Rein in Pharma Industry Practices

Earlier today, the Senate Judiciary Committee held an Executive Business Meeting in which the Committee discussed and favorably reported four bills aimed at reducing prescription drug prices …
By Eileen McDermott
3 months ago 2

This Week in Washington IP: Energizing Technology Transfer, Case Studies in International Offshore Wind Innovation and Celebrating 75 Years of the Lanham Act

This week in Washington IP news, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider a series of bills that could limit pharmaceutical patent owners’ ability to enforce their patents …
By IPWatchdog
3 months ago 1

Thoughts on Tiffany Cunningham’s Confirmation to the CAFC

Tiffany Cunningham was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit earlier this week, making her—incredibly—the intellectual property court’s first …
By Eileen McDermott
3 months ago 50

This Week in Washington IP: Senate Set to Confirm Cunningham; Restoring American Leadership in Patent Law; and Supporting Cybersecurity by Stopping Ransomware

This week in Washington IP news, the U.S. Senate will vote on Tiffany Cunningham’s confirmation to the Federal Circuit, replacing Judge Evan Wallach; and a …
By IPWatchdog
3 months ago 1

On Tiffany Cunningham’s Appointment to the CAFC: An Impeccable Candidate and a Rallying Call for More Diversity in IP

On March 30, 2021, President Biden tapped Tiffany Cunningham to be the first African American to sit on the Federal Circuit. After a straightforward and speedy hearing, the Senate …
By Emer Simic
4 months ago 74

USPTO Delivers on Senators’ Request for Patent Eligibility Jurisprudence Study

In March of this year, a bipartisan group of senators asked Drew Hirshfeld, who is Performing the functions and duties of the Director of the U.S. …
By Eileen McDermott
4 months ago 11

Will Trump Class Actions Against Social Media Platforms Revive Section 230 Debate?

Former President Donald J. Trump announced today that he is suing Facebook, Twitter and Google/YouTube in separate class action suits, claiming, among other allegations, that the …
By Eileen McDermott
4 months ago 122

A Recent Senate IP Subcommittee Hearing Demonstrates the Danger of Patent Fallacies

During the Senate Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property hearing, titled Protecting Real Innovations by Improving Patent Quality, held on June 22,  Jorge Contreras, Presidential Scholar and Professor …
By Paul Morinville
4 months ago 10

‘Decoupling’ with China is Not the Answer

We’ve all seen him when driving by the strip mall. Trying to focus on the traffic, our eyes are diverted by “Tube Man,” a 10-foot tall …
By James Pooley
4 months ago 48

This Week in Washington IP: Cryptocurrencies Setting Millennials on FIRE, Increasing R&D for Fire Science Innovation, and Debating the CLEAN Energy Act

This week Washington IP news, the Senate remains quiet on Capitol Hill but several committee hearings in the House of Representatives will explore the state of federally-funded …
By IPWatchdog
4 months ago 1

Senate IP Subcommittee Mulls Ways to Improve Patent Quality (Again)

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property on Tuesday heard from four witnesses on the topic of “Protecting Real Innovations by Improving Patent Quality.” The …
By Eileen McDermott
4 months ago 46

Reintroduced International Cybercrime Prevention Act Would Create New Cybercrime Violations, Increase Forfeiture and Injunctive Relief

On June 17, a bipartisan coalition of U.S. Senators, including Thom Tillis (R-NC), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) reintroduced the International Cybercrime …
By IPWatchdog
4 months ago 1