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Friday, February 14, 2020 - 07:53

Efficient infringement has become an all-too-common business practice in the U.S. What is efficient infringement? Efficient infringement occurs when large corporate interests choose to infringe the patents of smaller inventors, knowing that it is cheaper to fight off any legal challenge in court, than it is to pay a fair licensing fee for the use of an invention. Another word for this practice is “invention theft.” Sound like a shady practice? It is. 

Two high profile cases of efficient infringement have come to light recently and the parties involved may surprise you:




Friday, February 14, 2020 - 07:38

A new Joint Policy Statement by the Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) restored an important patent protection for standard-essential patent (SEP) holders, the right to injunctive relief. SEPs are patents for certain critical technologies that are determined to set the standard for an industry.




Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 09:36

China Now Outpaces Other Countries in Patent Filings

From WIPO’s Report: “World Intellectual Property Indicators 2019”

 




Friday, October 4, 2019 - 14:44

The  Innovation Alliance recently released a slide deck highlighting how the U.S. position as a leader in innovation is still under threat. The slide deck shows that U.S. startup formation remains below pre-Great Recession levels, venture capital investment is increasingly moving overseas and China has now overtaken the U.S. and much of the world in patent applications filed. It also shows that the U.S. is now ranked 8th in Bloomberg’s Global Innovation Index, falling behind many of our competitors.   




Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 06:52

The Patent Diversity Gap




Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 12:47

Last month, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and Representatives reintroduced The STRONGER Patents Act to fight the decline of the U.S. patent system. The legislation, which already has 6 cosponsors in the Senate and 19 cosponsors in the House, aims to reverse harmful congressional actions and court decisions that have led to lowered confidence in patent protections among small inventors, innovators, and investors.




Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 08:23

Since the Supreme Court’s 2014 Alice decision it has been unclear what is or is not eligible for patent protection in the U.S. This has led to many American inventors, innovators, and investors abandoning inventions and critical R&D, and given a leg up to U.S. competitors. Without clarity about what is patentable, the innovation that has driven our country forward for 230 years will come to a screeching halt.




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