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Washington Starts Standing Up to Patent Trolls

The White House is hoping to address the skyrocketing number of patent infringement lawsuits with a new series of executive actions and legislative priorities targeted at so-called ‘patent trolls.’ According to a new report by the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, National Economic Council and Office of Science & Technology Policy, the total number of patent cases has nearly doubled in the past seven years. More alarming is the fact that in that same amount of time, the number of suits filed by patent-trolls—companies that own patents for the sole purpose of litigating to receive license fees—has more than tripled to 62% of all cases.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on June 10, 2013
Category:  Intellectual Property  Capitol Hill 
Grants Reward Universities for Creative Approaches to Commercialization

Three universities – Carnegie Mellon University, University of Missouri System and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – are this year’s "Kauffman Commercialization Leaders." This $100,000 grant award recognizes the universities’ creative approaches to help accelerate the process of bringing student and faculty innovations to market.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on November 01, 2010
Category:  Education  Intellectual Property 
Patent Backlog Stifling Job Creation
The director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), David Kappos, said at the annual trade show of the Biotechnology Industry Organization earlier this week that he thinks the USPTO is hampering the creation of millions of potential jobs because of its inability to... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on May 04, 2010
Category:  Intellectual Property 
OECD Scoreboard Focuses on Innovation
The complete OECD Science, Technology andIndustry Scoreboard 2009 is now availablefree online. Scoreboard’s more than 200 internationally comparable qualityindicators provide data and analysis about trends shaping science andinnovation, and answer important policy questions such as: What impact has thecrisis had on innovation and spending on... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on December 20, 2009
Category:  Global  Intellectual Property  Technology Transfer  Workforce 
An Emerging National Innovation Strategy
While President Obama has said a lot of the right things about innovation and entrepreneurship, a number have pointed to a disconnect between those words and the actions and policies emerging from the Administration. Earlier today, the president again addressed the topic from Hudson Valley... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on September 21, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Energy  Environment  Health Care  Immigration  Intellectual Property  Physical Infrastructure  Red Tape  Technology Transfer  Workforce 
Entrepreneurs As a Solution to Policy Challenges
In the past few months, we have highlighted through articles and factsheets how public policy can make the path easier for entrepreneurship and innovation. With the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship, we hope to emphasize not only how policies can foster entrepreneurs, but also how entrepreneurship can directly be part of... [More]
Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on September 07, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Energy  Environment  General  Global  Health Care  Immigration  Intellectual Property  Liability Litigation  Physical Infrastructure  Red Tape  Tax Code  Technology Transfer  Workforce 
Patent Reform & Our Innovation Economy
This week's essay suggests a couple of principles to guide patent reform and promote entrepreneurship. Here is the lead:Momentum for a comprehensive patent reform has been slowly building in Congress. Last week, the House Judiciary Committee began examining a patent bill introduced in March by Judiciary... [More]
Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on May 04, 2009
Category:  Intellectual Property 
Patent Reform Debates Gear Up
Congress has been grappling with patent reform for nearly a decade.  Several reform bills have passed in past Congresses, but none have made it into law.  A new series of debates is set to begin anew in the 111th Congress.  Last week, the leadership of... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 16, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Intellectual Property 
A Sobering Look at American Competitiveness
America’s competitiveness challenges are not simply an outgrowth of the current economic crisis. Instead, they are the culmination of decades without a coherent national innovation strategy. That’s the primary message of a new Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) report that benchmarks American innovation performance... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 02, 2009
Category:  Global  Immigration  Intellectual Property  Technology Transfer 

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