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…

, Captured Economy
This Week in Intellectual Property, March 10th
Gary Winslett

From Captured Economy:

Gary Winslett of R Street Institute proposes a compromise solution to the current debate surrounding TRIPS waivers as it relates to COVID-related IP. He proposes a two-year…

, Boston Globe
Biden must boost global vaccine supply
Charles Duan

From Boston Globe:

Ultimately, if vaccine producers are unwilling to open up their technology and know-how to other manufacturers, the federal government could invoke Section 1498 of Title 28 of…

, The New Atlantis
Patents and the Common Good
Charles Duan

The drug company Moderna created its Covid-19 vaccine with the help of taxpayer dollars. Who gets the patents? And so who gets to decide who manufactures the drug and what it costs? If Moderna gets…

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