Improving patent quality improves innovation
Wayne Brough

June marks the return of Patent Quality Week, a coordinated effort highlighting the importance of quality when deciding whether to issue a patent. Dating back to the founding of the nation, patents…

, R Street Institute
Event: Improving Patent Quality Improves Innovation
Wayne Brough

June 6 marks the beginning of Patent Quality Week, which highlights the potential danger that poor quality or overly broad patents pose to innovation. Traditionally,…

, Patent Progress
Yet Another Private Equity NPE at the ITC
Charles Duan

From Patent Progress:

While Future Link claims its licensees could make up any shortfall, the truth is that Future Link’s listed licensees—NXP, Marvell, NVIDIA, and Intel—can’t.  NVIDIA,…

USPTO announces new Public Advisory Committee members
Charles Duan


The new members of USPTO’s Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) include Charles Duan, Suzanne Harrison, and Heidi S. Nebel, while the new members of the Trademark Public…

Patent policy is important for innovation
Wayne Brough

While much of Washington is focused on federal spending and the ongoing debate over vaccine mandates, the Senate recently held a hearing on Kathi Vidal, who has been nominated to be director of the…

International Trade Commission Reforms: How Far Should They Go?
Alexandra McCandless

WASHINGTON (November 22, 2021)—In discussions of patent policy, the International Trade Commission (ITC) has often flown under the radar. Despite this, it wields significant authority over patent…

The U.S. International Trade Commission: An Empirical Study of Section 337 Investigations
Charles Duan

The smartphone patent wars over the last decade have put a spotlight on a little-known federal agency: the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Originally a body for managing the…

Better patents mean more innovation
Wayne Brough

Patents have a long history that can be traced back to at least 1474 when the city-state of Venice used patents to attract skilled artisans to the flourishing city-state. But just as importantly,…

, Bloomberg Law
Biden Vaccine IP Waiver Stance Offers Clue on Patent Office Pick
Charles Duan

From Bloomberg Law:

“The WTO petition has shone a spotlight on how Trump’s patent-friendly policies have been in tension with public welfare interests,” said Charles Duan, a senior fellow at…

Gene Patents, Drug Prices, and Scientific Research: Unexpected Effects of Recently Proposed Patent Eligibility Legislation
Charles Duan

From SSRN:

Recently, Congress has considered legislation to § 101, a section of the Patent Act that the Supreme Court has held to prohibit patenting of laws of nature, natural…

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