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November 30, 2018

This article originally appeared in IP Pro

A recent change to the standard for challenging and overturning patents at the PTAB is inconsistent with other patent office proceedings and should be reversed, says the High Tech Investors Alliance’s general counsel, John Thorne

On 11 October, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)announced that it is changing...

November 2, 2018

This article originally appeared in the Washington Times 

Last month, in a speech to the Intellectual Property Owners Association, the director of the Patent and Trademark Office, Andrei Iancu, challenged a fundamental feature of U.S. patent law, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 ruling in Alice Corp. v. CLS International on Section 101 of the U.S. Patent Act....

October 23, 2018

WASHINGTON, October 23, 2018 - "At a speech before the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association, Director Iancu likened patent trolls to imaginary characters that were created to frighten innovators away. Unfortunately for legitimate American business and job creators of all sizes, patent trolls and the invalid patents they wield for their abusive tactic...

August 2, 2018

Today’s patent system is the product of nearly a decade of reform, thanks to which the quality of U.S.-issued patents has gone up and American innovation is flowering. Now a bill is before Congress — H.R. 6264, the Restoring America’s Leadership in Innovation Act of 2018 — to undo the reforms. It must not happen.

The reforms were a response to a crisis i...

July 24, 2018

On July 20, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit turned back an attempt to shield invalid patents from a second look by the U.S. Patent  and Trademark Office. 

The case, St. Regis Mohawk Indian Tribe and Allergan v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., is an outgrowth of a deal between the St. Regis Mohawk Indian Tribe, whose reservation st...

June 29, 2018

This article originally appeared in the Washington Times

On Wednesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) marked the granting of the nation’s 10 millionth patent. Patent filings and issuances are at historically high levels, with more than 2.8 million active patents in the United States, which is both good and troubling news.

This plethora of pate...

June 12, 2018

This article originally appeared in the Washington Times

Appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, the new director of the Patent and Trademark Office(PTO), Andrei Iancu, stressed his office’s focus on enhancing innovation through a strong, reliable and predictable patent ecosystem. All of us want a system that supports innovation by maxim...

February 15, 2018

This article originally appeared in the Washington Times

On February 5, the Senate confirmed Andrei Iancu as director of the Patent and Trademark Office. An attorney with long experience in the field, Director Iancu takes office at a time when, by every measure, our innovation economy is rocketing upward. And yet a key element to that success, patent refor...

February 8, 2018

“The High Tech Inventors Alliance (HTIA) is pleased to see that the US Chamber’s Annual International Intellectual Property Rankings has, since its inception in 2012, once again ranked the United States as #1 in Innovation."

“However, the Chamber’s analysis fails to acknowledge the contribution of both the Court and the Patent Office in ensuring patent qua...

February 7, 2018

This post originally appeared in the Washington Examiner

On Monday the Senate confirmed Andrei Iancu as director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, an office that most Americans barely know exists but that will deeply influence how well our country does at what it has long done better than anyone else — innovate.

An efficient, well-functioning paten...

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