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CPIP Releases New Issue Paper on How IP-Fueled Innovations in Biotechnology Have Led to the Gene Revolution

On November 30, 2015, CPIP released a new issue paper, The Gene Revolution, by Amanda Maxham, a research associate and writer at the Ayn Rand Institute.

Dr. Maxham explores how innovations in biotechnology, enabled by the intellectual property rights that protect them, have led to the “Gene Revolution,” where scientists use genetic engineering to dramatically improve human life. In order to combat widespread misinformation about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), she traces mankind’s long history of improving plants, animals, and microorganisms to better serve our needs.

In particular, Dr. Maxham looks at twenty-nine different GMOs, including insulin, flu vaccines, cheese-making enzymes, apples, cotton seeds, and pet fish, as examples of the endless possibilities the “Gene Revolution” holds for the betterment of humanity–if we can overcome the groundless mistrust and strive to protect the future of scientific innovation.

CPIP Releases Paper Debunking Myths About Trade Secret “Trolls”

On November 17, 2015, CPIP released a draft paper, The Myth of the Trade Secret Troll: Why We Need a Federal Civil Claim for Trade Secret Misappropriation, by James Pooley, the nation’s preeminent expert on trade secret law.

Mr. Pooley explains the arguments in favor of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (DTSA), which would create a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation. The DTSA is currently being considered by Congress. The paper will be published in a forthcoming issue of the George Mason Law Review.

To download the paper, please click here.

CPIP Releases New Policy Brief on Harmonizing the Remedies for Criminal Copyright Infringement

On October 27, 2015, CPIP released a new policy brief, Protecting Authors and Artists by Closing the Streaming Loophole, by Devlin Hartline & Matthew Barblan.

They argue that in order to protect authors and artists from having their works repeatedly stolen on the internet, it is long past time to harmonize the remedies for criminal copyright infringement to reflect the ways that copyrighted works are commonly misappropriated these days.

To read the full policy brief, please click here.

CPIP’s Adam Mossoff & Devlin Hartline on State Patent Demand Letter Abuse Laws

On October 16, 2015, Morning Consult published an op-ed by CPIP Senior Scholar Adam Mossoff and CPIP Assistant Director Devlin Hartline on the various state laws that have been enacted since 2013 aimed at curbing patent demand letter abuse. They argue that “this fractured patchwork of legislation threatens the certainty and consistency required for inventors and businesspersons to bring to market new patented innovations.”

Pointing out that many patent owners “legitimately rely on demand letters to communicate with potential licensees and to resolve infringement disputes without going to court,” Mossoff and Hartline note that this fractured system of varying state laws “directly undermines the reason the Framers placed in the Constitution the power in Congress to secure patent rights under federal law.” They conclude: “We should not let individual states jeopardize our nationwide patent system, which for more than two centuries has formed the bedrock of our innovation economy.”

To read the full op-ed on Morning Consult, please click here.

CPIP Hosts Copyright Policy Network Meeting

On October 15, 2015, CPIP hosted a Copyright Policy Network Meeting at George Mason University School of Law. The meeting included representatives from government, academia, and industry who participated in discussions on copyright law and policy.

CPIP Releases New Policy Brief on Smartphone Patent Licensing Myths

On October 7, 2015, CPIP released a new policy brief, Busting Smartphone Patent Licensing Myths, by Keith Mallinson, Founder of WiseHarbor. Mr. Mallinson is an expert with 25 years of experience in the wired and wireless telecommunications, media, and entertainment markets.

Mr. Mallinson discusses several common myths concerning smartphone patent licensing and argues that antitrust interventions and SSO policy changes based on these myths may have the unintended consequence of pushing patent owners away from open and collaborative patent licensing. He concludes that depriving patentees of licensing income based on these myths will remove incentives to invest and take risks in developing new technologies.

To read the full policy brief, please click here.

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