Yesterday, Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court in the case Impression Products v. Lexmark International. The brief was joined by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the R Street Institute.
Today, Representatives Tony Cárdenas and Blake Farenthold reintroduced the “Trade Protection Not Troll Protection Act.” The bill is a targeted patent reform measure dealing specifically with the International Trade Commission, a federal agency tasked with excluding from importation products that infringe U.S. patents or copyrights. The bill strengthens the ITC’s duty to protect the public interest, and prevents abusive litigation by patent assertion entities before the ITC.
Public Knowledge will host a media breakfast January 14 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. to provide an overview of the organization’s 2016 agenda. The briefing will feature opening remarks from Gene Kimmelman, President and CEO as well as an introduction and overview by Chris Lewis, Vice President of Government Affairs. Key staff members will also introduce their issue areas. This exclusive press event includes a Q&A.
Today is the release date of the new Star Wars sequel, and it’s also the due date for some amicus briefs in two big Supreme Court patent cases. And though the famed space opera has not much to do with patent law, the story of these two cases still shares a piece of the drama, the David versus Goliath battles, and the competing stories of power and force.
This morning, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its decision in ClearCorrect v. International Trade Commission. The Court rejected the ITC's attempt to block transmissions of digital data, holding that "[t]he Commission’s decision to expand the scope of its jurisdiction to include electronic transmissions of digital data runs counter to the 'unambiguously expressed intent of Congress.'"