Items tagged "Patent Reform"

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Supreme Court Protects Consumer Rights in Impression Products v. Lexmark International

May 30, 2017 Patent Reform , Patents

Today, the United States Supreme Court announced that patent owners may not override consumer ownership rights by license agreements. The decision in Impression Products v. Lexmark International applies to sales of patented products outside the United States.

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Public Knowledge Statement on Samsung v. Apple Argument at Supreme Court

October 11, 2016 Apple v. Samsung , Design Patents , Patent Reform

Today, the United States Supreme Court heard argument in the case Samsung v. Apple. The case concerns the measure of damages to be awarded to an owner of a design patent, particularly when the product infringing that patent is a multi-feature product with features unrelated to the design patent.

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Public Knowledge Applauds Supreme Court Decision Affirming Patent Office

June 20, 2016 Patent Reform , Patent Trolls , Patents , USPTO

Today, the Supreme Court announced its decision in the case Cuozzo Speed Technologies v. Lee, affirming the United States Patent and Trademark Office over two challenges to the agency’s post-grant procedure for reviewing patents, called inter partes review. Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the USPTO in this case.

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Public Interest Groups Urge Supreme Court to Fix Unbalanced Design Patent Damages Law

June 7, 2016 amicus brief , Patent Reform , Patents , Supreme Court

Today, Public Knowledge joined four other organizations in filing an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court in the Samsung v. Apple case. The case concerns a recent federal appellate court decision in the Apple-Samsung smartphone patent litigation. The Supreme Court will review that appellate court’s holding that an infringer of a design patent must pay all profits made on the infringing product.

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Public Knowledge Urges Supreme Court to Protect Consumer Ownership Rights in Patent Case

April 21, 2016 amicus brief , Patent Reform , Patents

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.

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Public Knowledge Supports Strong Review of Patents in Supreme Court Case Cuozzo v. Lee

March 30, 2016 Innovation , Patent Reform , Patents

Yesterday afternoon, Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief in the Supreme Court case Cuozzo Speed Technologies v. Lee. The case concerns the method of interpreting patents during inter partes review, a Patent Office administrative review proceeding for determining the validity of patents. Public Knowledge’s brief supports the position of the United States, which provides for broad interpretation of patents during that proceeding.

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Public Knowledge Applauds International Trade Commission Patent Reform Bill

March 22, 2016 ITC , Patent Reform , Patent Trolls , Patents

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.

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Media Alert: Public Knowledge Hosts Patent Reform Briefing June 24

June 22, 2015 Patent Reform , Patents

Public Knowledge and R Street Institute will host a patent reform briefing June 24 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Rayburn House Office Building. The briefing will discuss patent reform bills moving through the House and Senate, including the Senate PATENT Act, House Innovation Act, and House TROL Act. Both members of the press and Congressional staff are welcome to attend.

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Public Knowledge and EFF Deliver Critical Hit to Patent Case Against Video Game Companies

June 22, 2015 Intellectual Property , Patent Reform , Patents

Friday, Public Knowledge and the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed an amicus curiae brief with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in the case McRO v. Bandai Namco. The case, in which more than 20 major computer game developers have been sued for patent infringement, involves technology relating to computer-generated animation, and specifically for automatic lip synchronization of animated characters.

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Public Knowledge Opposes TROL Act as Bill Moves to Markup

April 28, 2015 Patent Reform , TROL Act

Today, Public Knowledge and other consumer groups sent a letter opposing The Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters (TROL) Act to Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill, which is intended to shield consumers from abusive patent demand letters, will proceed to markup Wednesday, April 29 at 10 a.m. Public Knowledge opposes the bill’s language in its current form and asks for stronger protections in the consumer interest.

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