IPO Publishes Analysis of Recently Released Legislative Proposal

Last week, the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) released a proposed revision to the section of the Patent Act that defines the subject matter eligible for patenting.  I discussed the importance of the proposal, noting that there have been several calls for legislative solutions to overly restrictive understanding of what inventions are eligible for patents. … Continue reading “IPO Publishes Analysis of Recently Released Legislative Proposal”

IPO Proposes Legislative Solution to the Morass of Patent Eligibility

On January 31, the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) released a proposed revision to the section of the Patent Act that defines the subject matter eligible for patenting. IPO’s proposed text for an amended 35 U.S.C. § 101 can be downloaded here. The proposal returns patent law to the long established practice of analyzing the … Continue reading “IPO Proposes Legislative Solution to the Morass of Patent Eligibility”

CPIP, USPTO, & Lemelson Center Host “Great Inventors” Panel Discussion at American History Museum

On February 16, 2017, CPIP hosted a panel discussion, America as a Place of Innovation: Great Inventors and the Patent System, at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The event was co-hosted by the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian Institution and the United States … Continue reading “CPIP, USPTO, & Lemelson Center Host “Great Inventors” Panel Discussion at American History Museum”

Librarians’ Contradictory Letter Reveals an Alarming Ignorance of the Copyright System

On December 14th, a group of librarians sent a letter to Congress explaining why they believe the Copyright Office should remain under the control of the Library of Congress. Written by University of Virginia Library’s Brandon Butler, the letter is a self-contradicting and uninformed response to recent recommendations on reform of the Copyright Office offered … Continue reading “Librarians’ Contradictory Letter Reveals an Alarming Ignorance of the Copyright System”

Members of Congress Express Concerns About Abuses of PTO’s Inter Partes Review System

Two years ago, CPIP published an issue paper warning about the tremendous potential for abuse inherent in the America Invents Act’s newly-created administrative review programs. It now appears that several members of Congress are concerned as well. On December 5, 2016, a bipartisan group of New York representatives sent a letter to Michelle Lee, Director … Continue reading “Members of Congress Express Concerns About Abuses of PTO’s Inter Partes Review System”

New Paper Exposes Flaws in Smallest Salable Patent-Practicing Unit Rule

CPIP Research Scholar Jonathan Putnam and co-author Tim Williams’ paper “The Smallest Salable Patent-Practicing Unit (SSPPU): Theory and Evidence,” shows how poorly patent law measures the value of litigated patents. Using theory and empirical evidence, they show that the economic contribution of patented technology is better measured by the output, such as the commercial product, … Continue reading “New Paper Exposes Flaws in Smallest Salable Patent-Practicing Unit Rule”

Digital Single Market Must Protect the Rights of All Authors and Publishers

In 2015, the European Commission unveiled a plan to “create a free and secure digital single market” that would expand and standardize the EU’s digital economy for the benefit of consumers. The strategy was named the Digital Single Market and one of its objectives is to modernize the EU copyright framework to fit the digital … Continue reading “Digital Single Market Must Protect the Rights of All Authors and Publishers”

New Paper Addresses Flaws in Patent Holdup Theory

Stephen Haber and Alexander Galetovic of the Hoover Institution’s Working Group on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Prosperity (IP2) published a new working paper on the problems with Patent Holdup Theory. In “The Fallacies of Patent Holdup Theory,” Professors Haber and Galetovic show that Patent Holdup Theory is based on three fundamental errors. Professor Haber presented … Continue reading “New Paper Addresses Flaws in Patent Holdup Theory”

Federal Circuit Improperly Extends Abstract Idea Exception to Industrial Machines

An oil well drilling rig is not an abstract idea. A method of operating an oil well drilling rig is also not an abstract idea. This proposition should be clear to all, but in TDE Petroleum Data Solutions v AKM Enterprise, the Federal Circuit held that a method of operating an oil well drilling rig … Continue reading “Federal Circuit Improperly Extends Abstract Idea Exception to Industrial Machines”

New CPIP Report: The Global Patent Pendency Problem

Why are some of the biggest fights about patent policy almost pointless in some places? Because in many countries, including some of the world’s most important emerging economies, it takes so long to get patents that the rights have little meaning. The Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) released a report today entitled The Long … Continue reading “New CPIP Report: The Global Patent Pendency Problem”