Darrell Issa, big tech’s chief anti-patent tub-thumper is appropriately taken to the campaign contribution woodshed (below) this week by IPWatchdog’s Gene Quinn. Issa’s great self-esteem baffles pro-patent advocates because unlike most of his Hill colleagues he knows better. Issa is a multiple enforcement patent owner plaintiff. So why does he push so hard for big tech’s anti-patent agenda? Quinn explains.
A significant barrier to future House passage of the Coons Cotton STRONGER Patents Act, his smarmy disdain for the plight of lesser-resourced patent holders is a mystery, except that his next election will be as close as his last unless he raises enough big tech campaign funding to overcome his riled-up opposition. Until he loses instead of winning by a whisker, pro-patent advocates and their big tech oppressors will be holding their breath. The issue of patent progress or more setbacks is clearly at stake.
Haunted at campaign stops during his last election by a roving band of angry inventors he still did what he could to convince President Trump (his “close friend” according to Issa) reappoint former USPTO Director and ex-Googler Michelle Lee. Issa chairs House Judiciary’s IP subcommittee and has the relentlessly backing of Judiciary’s anti-patent Chairman Goodlatte. Together they will do all they can to ensure that the ICT tech titans succeed in protecting their efficient infringement business model. He has publicly blamed universities for stalling his Innovation Act in legislative limbo in 2013 and 2015. He is no friend of early stage innovation. In his post below Gene Quinn explains why.
Congressman Darrell Issa: A well-financed ally of the efficient infringer lobby
By Gene Quinn on Jul 30, 2017, 10:45 am
With all of this money, it seems the efficient infringer lobby has managed to find an unlikely ally in Congress — someone who made his money as an innovator who defended his patents as a patent plaintiff, which apparently makes him a patent troll. At the end of the day, it may not be entirely fair to characterize Congressman Darrell Issa as a patent troll. Instead, he seems more of a swamp creature of the type that President Trump campaigned against. An individual who has fed from those who are actively trying to muck up the U.S. patent system in favor of large, entrenched entities and to the disadvantage of small, innovative patent owners who have previously always been the driving force of innovation and job creation in America.