Posts in Capitol Hill


This Week in Washington IP: IP Protections for COVID-19 Vaccines, Increasing Inclusivity in the U.S. Patent System and App Store Antitrust Issues

This week in Washington IP news, committees in the House of Representatives will debate ways to increase broadband and mobile Internet infrastructure across rural America, as well …
By IPWatchdog
20 days ago 0

Bills to Lower Prescription Drug Costs and Boost Biosimilars Sent to Biden’s Desk

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday approved two bills meant to lower prescription drug prices and sent them on to President Joe Biden for approval. The …
By Eileen McDermott
24 days ago 1

This Week in Washington IP: Innovation at the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy, GIPC Event on Innovation Ecosystem, and Working Toward a Carbon-Free Shipping Industry

This week in Washington IP events, subcommittees in both the Senate and the House of Representatives will examine President Biden’s $10.17 billion appropriations request for the National …
By IPWatchdog
27 days ago 0

This Week in Washington IP: Bridging the Global Internet Gap, Addressing Russian Counterspace Advances and Europe’s Place in U.S.-Chinese Tech Competition

This week in Washington IP news, both houses of Congress remain quiet during their regularly scheduled work periods. Among policy institutes, the Center for Strategic & International Studies …
By IPWatchdog
1 month ago 0

Why the IDEA Act is a Bad Idea

As previously reported on this blog, a bipartisan group of senators recently reintroduced a bill in Congress called the “Inventor Diversity for Economic Advancement Act of 2021,” or …
By Ron Katznelson, Ph.D.
2 months ago 88

Tillis and Cotton Urge Hirshfeld to Adopt Pilot Program to Address ‘Inherently Vague and Subjective’ Eligibility Analyses

Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) sent a letter on Monday to the acting Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Drew …
By Logan Murr
2 months ago 19

This Week in Washington IP: R&D Pathways for Sustainable Aviation Fuels and Technology, Debating the IDEA Act and Using Autonomous AI Platforms in the Military

This week in Washington IP news, the Senate Judiciary Committee will debate passage of the IDEA Act and the ARTS Act, while House subcommittees will explore pathways …
By IPWatchdog
2 months ago 0

How to Choose the Next Federal Circuit Judge: Stick with Experience

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the nation's patent court, is at a crossroad. Today, unlike in earlier decades, nearly all its cases are patent-related, …

Good News for Patentees: Bipartisan NSCAI Invokes National Security in Calling for Legislation to Clarify Patent Eligibility

The judicial undermining of patent eligibility, in defiance of the clear language in Section 101 of the Patent Act, poses a clear and present danger to the pace …
By Alden Abbott
2 months ago 9

This Week in Washington IP: Tech Antitrust in the Biden Era, Combating Online Sales of Counterfeits and Rebuilding the Federal Science Workforce

This week in Washington IP news, the Senate Energy Committee will discuss R&D initiatives underway to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s transportation sector. …
By IPWatchdog
2 months ago 1

Industry Groups Urge Quick Passage of Reintroduced IDEA Act

Representative Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) yesterday reintroduced the Inventor Diversity for Economic Advancement …
By Eileen McDermott
2 months ago 8

This Week in Washington IP: The Case for Digital Age Antitrust Reform, Final Recommendations on Advancing U.S. AI and the Supporting Early-Career Researchers Act

This week in Washington IP news, the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee convenes a hearing to discuss antitrust reforms meant to address increasingly dominant tech platforms, while House Subcommittees …
By IPWatchdog
2 months ago 0

Bipartisan Group of Senators Asks Hirshfeld to Gather Info on Eligibility Law by Next Year

Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Chris Coons (D-DE) sent a letter on Friday to the Acting Director of the United States …
By Eileen McDermott
2 months ago 22

This Week in Washington IP: Aligning Medicare and Telehealth During COVID-19, Library of Congress Budget Hearing and Balancing Privacy and Innovation in Virtual Reality Tech

This week in Washington IP news, the House of Representatives hosts a pair of hearings that may interest IP enthusiasts: the House Legislative Branch Subcommittee will convene …
By IPWatchdog
2 months ago 1

Twist Emerges in Senate IP Subcommittee Leadership for 117th Congress

On Sunday, February 14, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member of the Senate …
By Gene Quinn & Eileen McDermott
3 months ago 18