“No Combination Drug Patents Act” Stalls, but Threats to Innovation Remain

By Kevin Madigan & Sean O’Connor This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee was to mark up a bill limiting patent eligibility for combination drug patents—new forms, uses, and administrations of FDA approved medicines. While the impetus was to curb so-called “evergreening” of drug patents, the effect would have been to stifle life-saving therapeutic innovations. Though … Continue reading ““No Combination Drug Patents Act” Stalls, but Threats to Innovation Remain”

Unverified Theory Continues to Inform FTC’s Policies Toward Patent Owners

The Federal Trade Commission’s unfair competition case against Qualcomm, Inc., has now concluded. The parties gave their closing arguments on Tuesday, January 29, and all that remains is Judge Lucy Koh’s ruling. To prevail, the FTC needed to demonstrate actual, quantifiable harm. It completely failed to do so. The FTC’s complaint charged Qualcomm with using … Continue reading “Unverified Theory Continues to Inform FTC’s Policies Toward Patent Owners”

CPIP Scholars Join Comments to FTC on How Antitrust Overreach is Threatening Healthcare Innovation

On December 21, 2018, CPIP Senior Scholars Adam Mossoff and Kristen Osenga joined former Federal Circuit Chief Judge Randall Rader and SIU Law’s Mark Schultz in comments submitted to the FTC as part of its ongoing Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century Hearings. Through the hearings, the FTC is examining whether recent economic … Continue reading “CPIP Scholars Join Comments to FTC on How Antitrust Overreach is Threatening Healthcare Innovation”

Department of Justice Recognizes Importance of Reliable Patent Rights in Innovation Economy

It is undeniable that the patent system has been under stress for the past decade, as courts, regulators, and even the Patent Office itself (as the newly confirmed Director Andrei Iancu has acknowledged) have sowed legal uncertainty, weakened patent rights, and even outright eliminated patent rights. This is why a series of recent speeches by … Continue reading “Department of Justice Recognizes Importance of Reliable Patent Rights in Innovation Economy”

Letter to Antitrust Chief Applauds DOJ’s New Evidence-Based Approach to IP Enforcement

A group of judges, former judges and government officials, law professors and economists with expertise in antitrust law and patent law sent a letter to Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim earlier today applauding his recent announcements that the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) would now take a balanced, evidence-based approach in applying … Continue reading “Letter to Antitrust Chief Applauds DOJ’s New Evidence-Based Approach to IP Enforcement”

Foreign Antitrust Regulators Are Threatening American Innovation

By David Lund & Matthew Barblan American businesses are suffering as foreign governments improperly use their antitrust laws to discriminate against American companies. Recently, the United States Chamber of Commerce assembled an International Competition Policy Expert Group to examine this problem. The Group released a report describing particular harmful and inappropriate uses of antitrust law … Continue reading “Foreign Antitrust Regulators Are Threatening American Innovation”

SONA and Songwriters Fight DOJ’s Misguided 100% Licensing Rule

Things are heating up in the lawsuit filed by Songwriters of North America and three of its members (SONA) challenging the new gloss of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the 75-year-old consent decrees that govern the licensing practices of ASCAP and BMI, the two largest performance rights organizations (PROs). SONA sued the DOJ on … Continue reading “SONA and Songwriters Fight DOJ’s Misguided 100% Licensing Rule”

Google Image Search and the Misappropriation of Copyrighted Images

Cross-posted from the Mister Copyright blog. Last week, American visual communications and stock photography agency Getty Images filed a formal complaint in support of the European Union’s investigation into Google’s anti-competitive business practices. The Getty complaint accuses Google of using its image search function to appropriate or “scrape” third-party copyrighted works, thereby drawing users away … Continue reading “Google Image Search and the Misappropriation of Copyrighted Images”

Busting Smartphone Patent Licensing Myths

CPIP has 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 … Continue reading “Busting Smartphone Patent Licensing Myths”