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”

Innovate4Health: SaTo Pan Delivers a Sustainable Solution to the Sanitation Crisis in Developing Nations

This post is one of a series in the #Innovate4Health policy research initiative. By Michael O’Keefe Poor sanitation poses an ongoing threat to the health and well-being of people in the developing world. Severe health problems, death, and disease can be directly linked to unsafe hygiene practices that continue to plague many countries. A UN … Continue reading “Innovate4Health: SaTo Pan Delivers a Sustainable Solution to the Sanitation Crisis in Developing Nations”

Innovate4Health: Daktari Diagnostics Takes on Africa’s Healthcare Challenges One Diagnostic Device at a Time

This post is one of a series in the #Innovate4Health policy research initiative. By Alex Summerton & Nick Churchill Africa’s predominantly rural characteristic and limited medical infrastructure are among the region’s greatest challenges to implementing effective healthcare programs and policies for its residents. The high costs for patients associated with diagnosis and treatment in terms of … Continue reading “Innovate4Health: Daktari Diagnostics Takes on Africa’s Healthcare Challenges One Diagnostic Device at a Time”

CPIP Founder Adam Mossoff Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of 27 Law Professors in Oil States

CPIP Founder Adam Mossoff filed an amicus brief today on behalf of 27 law professors in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, a patent case pending in the Supreme Court. Oil States is challenging the constitutionality of proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to determine the validity of an issued patent. The challenge … Continue reading “CPIP Founder Adam Mossoff Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of 27 Law Professors in Oil States”

In Defense of an Inclusive IP Conversation

In a recent essay responding to a divisive critique of his book, Justifying Intellectual Property, Robert Merges makes clear from the start that he won’t be pulling any punches. He explains that the purpose of his essay, Against Utilitarian Fundamentalism, is to address the misleading and polarizing conclusions of Mark Lemley’s 2015 article, Faith-Based Intellectual … Continue reading “In Defense of an Inclusive IP Conversation”

Proposed CREATES Act Threatens Patent Owners’ Rights

By Erika Lietzan, Kevin Madigan, & Mark Schultz Earlier this month, a bipartisan group of Senators introduced the Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples Act (or CREATES Act). The proposed bill is aimed at deterring what the bill’s author, Sen. Patrick Leahy, claimed were “inappropriate delay tactics that are used by some brand-name … Continue reading “Proposed CREATES Act Threatens Patent Owners’ Rights”

Weighing the Patent System

Here’s a brief excerpt of an op-ed by Adam Mossoff that was published in The Washington Times: As the push for legislation making broad and wide-ranging revisions to the patent system has stalled, its advocates have shifted tactics. They have carved out the provision in H.R. 9 (the tendentiously named “Innovation Act”) that revises the … Continue reading “Weighing the Patent System”

Changes to Patent Venue Rules Risk Collateral Damage to Innovators

Advocates for changing the patent venue rules, which dictate where patent owners can sue alleged infringers, have been arguing that their remedy will cure the supposed disease of abusive “trolls” filing suit after suit in the Eastern District of Texas. This is certainly true, but it’s only true in the sense that cyanide cures the … Continue reading “Changes to Patent Venue Rules Risk Collateral Damage to Innovators”

No Consensus That Broad Patent ‘Reform’ is Necessary or Helpful

Here’s a brief excerpt of an op-ed by Adam Mossoff & Devlin Hartline that was published in The Hill: Two recent op-eds published in The Hill argue that broad patent legislation—misleadingly labeled “reform”—is needed because the U.S. patent system is fundamentally broken. In the first, Timothy Lee contends that opponents “cannot with a straight face” … Continue reading “No Consensus That Broad Patent ‘Reform’ is Necessary or Helpful”

Jennifer Lawrence Movie “Joy” Highlights the Need for Patent Protection

The following guest post comes from Rebecca Cusey, a second year law student at George Mason University School of Law and a movie critic at The Federalist. By Rebecca Cusey There are two patents in the movie “Joy”: the one the titular character failed to get and the one for which she is willing to … Continue reading “Jennifer Lawrence Movie “Joy” Highlights the Need for Patent Protection”