Bass Successful Patent Challenge By Adds Intrigue To Reform Debate

Enclosed below is a link an article by Michael Rosen who writes intelligently for Tech Policy Daily but roots repeatedly for congressional enactment of mega-tech litigation reform. In today’s TPD post he likens hedge fund mogul Kyle Bass’ recent favorable decision on one of his many short sale-IPR filing schemes to the Cubs’ World Series triumph. Rosen reports it had taken Bass 18 months to actually invalidate a patent! Bass could not care less. Continue reading Bass Successful Patent Challenge By Adds Intrigue To Reform Debate

State Level Anti-commercialization Bill Aimed at Universities

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a powerful DC trade association home page dedicated to eliminating software patents.  But its legislative proposals often sabotage investment in all patents, undermining technology’s development at every level, especially at commercialization’s TTO beginnings. EFF’s Capitol Hill objectives still include passing HR 9 and S 1137 by fanning the phony flames of a the extinguished patent troll litigation crisis (here), signaling continued strong support for HR 9 and S. 1137 and their follow-on counterparts in coming sessions. Continue reading State Level Anti-commercialization Bill Aimed at Universities

The Patent War Will Soon Resume, But Our Voices Are Also Being Heard

Below are excerpts from a letter we received from renowned DC patent attorney Rob Sterne, who with other IP experts attended a meeting with senior Clinton policy-makers to discuss IP issues. Excerpts from his letter indicate that if elected, Clinton IP policy advisors’ folks have been made aware of the controversy surrounding perennial anti-patent efforts to further shield efficient infringement from the congressional and judicial fates it deserves. This time our side of the argument is being heard before being preempted by the IT mega-techs. In the closing paragraph below, Rob astutely warns that after the election, anti-patent rhetoric will escalate, why political pressure is inevitable and why we must continue weighing-in directly. Continue reading The Patent War Will Soon Resume, But Our Voices Are Also Being Heard

Urge 21st Century Cures Act Passage This Year

Having accomplished little leading to November’s election it seems something good actually may clear Congress during the coming lame duck session. A research boosting bill with leadership approval, bi-partisan, bi-cameral floor support, and backed by research universities is gaining pre-election traction for passage in the post-election lame duck session. Described (below) in a Morning Consult piece containing informative links to life science community letters urging lame duck passage, the 21st Century Cures Act bolsters life science with sequestration-starved FDA and NIH funding. Continue reading Urge 21st Century Cures Act Passage This Year

Canada’s Promise Doctrine Survey and U.S. IPR

It is common knowledge in patent policy circles that China is strengthening its IP standards while we weaken ours. Weakened standards corrode certainty within an innovation ecosystem, discouraging commercialization’s private sector development investment, especially during discoveries’ high-risk early stage tech transfer. Absent such investment, promising inventions cannot become innovative reality. Continue reading Canada’s Promise Doctrine Survey and U.S. IPR

Troll Meme Responds To Efficient Infringement

Efficient infringement abuse of valid patents clearly warrants front page coverage once exclusively afforded to PR-created patent trolls. Today’s WSJ shows that infringer lobby PR flaks will not gently shift their distracting emphasis on patent trolls. WSJ’s Ruth Simon, whose decade-long congressional coverage of patent reform is thorough, but consistently reflects the anti-patent lobby’s spin, reveals that her carefully-cultivated anti patent source relationships are still alive and well. Continue reading Troll Meme Responds To Efficient Infringement

Make Room On The Hill For Efficient Infringement

Move over Patent Trolls, Efficient Infringement has arrived on the Hill

But now, after quickly dispatching with the patent troll meme as much ado about nothing, we can, should and must now unleash a more simplified counter attack by referencing a commonly deployed patent abuse known as “efficient infringement.” This deliberate disdain for patent property is the business model driving mega-tech IT incumbents to continually pressure Congress to enact measure such as HR 9 and S.1137. Continue reading Make Room On The Hill For Efficient Infringement

A Discussion Well Worth Watching

Recent emotionally-driven but Bayh-Dole destructive proposals for biopharma price control such as “price-based march-in” and the “UN High Level Panel on Medicinal Access “ Report are ably refuted by Joe Allen who  refers us to a recent Intelligence 2 TV Debate during which it was that demonstrated that rational discussion, rather than simply blaming biopharma for increased overall health care cost is likely to lead to more effective cost-containment outcomes. Emotionally targeted intrusions into our Bayh-Dole based life science commercialization process are not only misdirected but can completely undermine our innovation ecosystem, disrupting NIH’s important basic science commercialization mission in the process. As Joe recommends, Blame Big Pharma for Out of Control Health Care Costs  is a debate “well worth watching”  Continue reading A Discussion Well Worth Watching

Efficient Infringement In A Nutshell

November 8th approaches. A reader asked us what to say if allowed only minutes to efficiently describe her university’s concerns regarding pending (and assuredly future) patent litigation “reform”.

The key is to avoid discussing arcane patent law and trolls, a term used effectively in the past by proponents, but recently deemed “unhelpful” by the FTC. Trolls now are curbed by pleading reforms, state and federal laws regarding unfair practices, and expanded judicial discretion regarding willfulness and cost-shifting. Continue reading Efficient Infringement In A Nutshell

The FTC’s PAE Study: Doing More Harm Than Good

Kindness of Adam Mossoff, here is a useful IPWatchdog essay by CPIP Senior Scholar, Professor Kristan Osenga.

Professor Osenga explains why the FTC’s recently released Patent Assertion Entity (PAE) “study” will do more harm than good because of; its small sample size and selection bias, its arbitrary categorization of patent licensing companies, and its unsupported and unjustified policy recommendations. The entity definitions within the report are nevertheless important because they define its subject matter and thus the scope of its recommendations. The FTC dismisses the term, “trolls”, distinguishes NPE’s from PAE’s the divides the latter into two types sub-classifications.  Continue reading The FTC’s PAE Study: Doing More Harm Than Good