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Court Confirms the Obvious: Aiding and Abetting Criminal Copyright Infringement Is a Crime

In July of 2016, a criminal complaint was filed in the Northern District of Illinois alleging that Artem Vaulin of the Ukraine was the mastermind behind the popular torrent site, Kickass Torrents (KAT). At the time, KAT was one of the largest pirate sites in the world, with an estimated 50 million unique visitors each … Continue reading “Court Confirms the Obvious: Aiding and Abetting Criminal Copyright Infringement Is a Crime”

The PTAB’s Regulatory Overreach and How it Cripples the Innovation Economy

On August 14, 2017, the Regulatory Transparency Project of the Federalist Society published a new white paper, Crippling the Innovation Economy: Regulatory Overreach at the Patent Office. This white paper examines how an administrative tribunal created in 2011—the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)—has become “a prime example regulatory overreach.” Several CPIP scholars are members … Continue reading “The PTAB’s Regulatory Overreach and How it Cripples the Innovation Economy”

CPIP Affiliate Scholar Erika Lietzan Testifies at HJC Hearing on FDA Approval Process

On July 27, 2017, CPIP Affiliate Scholar and Associate Professor of Law at the University of Missouri–Columbia Erika Lietzan testified before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law in a hearing on Antitrust Concerns and the FDA Approval Process. The hearing was an attempt by lawmakers to better understand the … Continue reading “CPIP Affiliate Scholar Erika Lietzan Testifies at HJC Hearing on FDA Approval Process”

Innovate4Health: Nanobiosym’s Gene-RADAR Brings Real-Time Results for Zika Testing

This post is one of a series in the #Innovate4Health policy research initiative. By Gabrielle Eriquez Because there is currently no preventative vaccine for Zika, a mosquito-borne virus known to cause severe birth defects in pregnant women, the ability to obtain a fast and accurate diagnosis is critical. However, especially in the developing world where … Continue reading “Innovate4Health: Nanobiosym’s Gene-RADAR Brings Real-Time Results for Zika Testing”

International Trade Administration Report Highlights Strong Markets, Persistent Piracy

Last month, the International Trade Administration (ITA)—an agency in the US Department of Commerce that measures and promotes the export of nonagricultural services and goods—released its 2017 Top Markets Report, Media and Entertainment Sector Snapshot. The report provides updates on the steady growth of the US media and entertainment (M&E) sector, which includes the core … Continue reading “International Trade Administration Report Highlights Strong Markets, Persistent Piracy”

Innovate4Health: GRIT Leveraged Freedom Chair Brings Mobility to Developing World

This post is one of a series in the #Innovate4Health policy research initiative. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 65 million people in the developing world need an appropriate wheelchair. Over 75% of people in the developing world live in rural areas, where standard wheelchairs do not work, as they are hard to … Continue reading “Innovate4Health: GRIT Leveraged Freedom Chair Brings Mobility to Developing World”

Innovate4Health: Treating Neonatal Jaundice in the Developing World with D-Rev’s Brilliance

This post is one of a series in the #Innovate4Health policy research initiative. By Nick Churchill Severe neonatal jaundice kills over 100,000 newborn babies annually and causes severe brain damage to thousands more. In most cases, the condition can be treated by simply shining a blue light on a baby’s skin. However, each year more than … Continue reading “Innovate4Health: Treating Neonatal Jaundice in the Developing World with D-Rev’s Brilliance”

Judgment Against Sci-Hub is a Win for Authors and Publishers

Last week, the United States Court for the Southern District of New York entered a default judgment against Sci-Hub, the Library Genesis Project (LibGen), and a number of related websites and site operators for the willful infringement of dozens of copyright-protected scholarly articles. The judgment comes two years after Elsevier—an international academic publishing company now … Continue reading “Judgment Against Sci-Hub is a Win for Authors and Publishers”

As Investment Moves Overseas, the US Must Restore its Gold-Standard Patent System

Venture capital investment in the United States has declined steadily for years, as investors abandon an uncertain domestic climate for more reliable opportunities in foreign countries. In a report on the current state of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, the National Venture Capital Association emphasizes the extreme decline in the US share of global venture capital in … Continue reading “As Investment Moves Overseas, the US Must Restore its Gold-Standard Patent System”

The STRONGER Patents Act: Important Legislation to Protect Our Innovation Economy

Today, Senators Chris Coons, Tom Cotton, Dick Durbin, and Mazie Hirono introduced the Support Technology & Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience (STRONGER) Patents Act of 2017. This important piece of legislation will protect our innovation economy by restoring stable and effective property rights for inventors. First and foremost, the STRONGER Patents Act … Continue reading “The STRONGER Patents Act: Important Legislation to Protect Our Innovation Economy”