Patent reform

  • Innovation Act might be dead, but innovation lives on Crunch Network

    Innovation Act might be dead, but innovation lives on

    As a former patent examiner, I recognize that the patent system, in its purest form, should protect and incentivize innovation through a limited-term contract, offering exclusive monopoly rights covering a technology, product or design element. In practice, it’s much uglier, and by no means did the Founding Fathers intend for patents to be utilized toward incremental monopolization ploys. Read More

  • Conservative Entrepreneurs Want To Force Tech Issues Into GOP Debate

    Conservative Entrepreneurs Want To Force Tech Issues Into GOP Debate

    A group of conservative technologists wants eliminating regulatory policies affecting small businesses to be a key issue in 2016. Lincoln Labs, a conservative technology group pushing for small government, on Monday released a report outlining policies that would limit regulation, intellectual property laws and lobbying practices that the group thinks impede startups. The authors hope… Read More

  • Congress Returns Next Week With A Tech-Heavy Agenda

    Congress Returns Next Week With A Tech-Heavy Agenda

    Congress is back from a recess this week, and with lawmakers we’ll see the return of some familiar issues. We will see Congress address patent reform and cybersecurity in the coming weeks. Once lawmakers finish with cybersecurity, it’s possible we could even see legislation related to National Security Agency (NSA) phone record collection before the end of the month.  These are… Read More

  • Apple And Google Agree To Dismiss All Direct Legal Action Between Themselves

    Apple And Google Agree To Dismiss All Direct Legal Action Between Themselves

    Late today, Apple and Google announced that they have agreed to dismiss direct lawsuits aimed at one another, and will work together to help push patent reform forward. It’s a huge change for the two companies, which compete on everything from music sales, to productivity tools, to cloud storage, to mobile app distribution, and so forth. According to a source speaking to GigaOm, about… Read More

  • Senate Patent Reform Bill Delayed Yet Again

    Senate Patent Reform Bill Delayed Yet Again

    A bi-partisan Senate bill aimed at curbing abuse of the U.S. patent system has been handed another setback today, with Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announcing that, for the fourth time, consideration of the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act will be postponed. Read More