Items tagged "Patent Reform"

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Public Knowledge Joins Letter Opposing Internet Content Blocking by International Trade Commission

April 10, 2015 Copyright Reform , ITC , MPAA , Patent Reform , SOPA

Today, Public Knowledge and 27 other organizations, associations, and legal scholars sent a letter to the International Trade Commission opposing a recent decision that the Commission has authority to block Internet data transmissions. That decision concluded that the ITC’s authority to block the importation of copyright-and patent-infringing products extends to an ability to block Internet data transmissions into the United States.

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Public Knowledge Joins Spider-Man in Protecting the Public Interest in Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises

March 4, 2015 amicus brief , Patent Reform

Today, Public Knowledge filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises. The case, which is over a patent on a Spider-Man web-shooting toy, addresses the question of whether a patent owner can charge royalties based on a patent even after the patent has expired. The Supreme Court decided that such an arrangement was impermissible in a previous case called Brulotte v. Thys Co. The patent owners in this case, Stephen Kimble and Robert Grabb, ask that the former decision be overturned.

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Public Knowledge Urges USPTO to Improve Patents by Engaging Software Developers

January 13, 2015 Patent Reform , USPTO

Today, Public Knowledge filed comments with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, encouraging the USPTO to continue its efforts toward improving patent quality through engagement with the public. Earlier last year, the White House directed the USPTO to identify ways to use crowdsourcing to uncover prior art, the technical documentation necessary to reject bad patent applications. The USPTO requested public comments on how best to do so.

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Public Knowledge Releases Report on Post-Alice Patenting

November 3, 2014 Patent Reform , USPTO

Today, Public Knowledge published a report on the state of patenting following the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on patentable subject matter in Alice v. CLS Bank. In view of that decision, which sharply limited the patentability of business methods, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected 830 patent applications that it had previously approved.

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Public Knowledge Opposes Incursion of Trade Agency on Open Internet

October 16, 2014 ITC , Patent Reform

Today, Public Knowledge filed a brief in a federal appeals case, on the question of whether internet data transmissions are “articles of importation” subject to the authority of an international trade agency of the United States.

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Public Knowledge Statement on Termination of Patent Reform Bill

May 21, 2014 Patent Reform , Press Release

“It is unfortunate that, after over a year of negotiations and discussions, the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act has been pulled from the docket. Although ‘companies on both sides of the issue’ could not come to agreement, the real loser here is the American consumer. Patent abuse raises costs on consumer products, keeps innovators from bringing products to markets, and blocks all individuals from fully accessing the wealth of technology. Without the bipartisan, White House-supported, widely agreed-upon reforms that were pending before the Senate, consumers will continue to pay a tax for an outmoded, misused patent system.”

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Public Knowledge Sends Consumer Centric Patent Reform Letter to Senate

March 26, 2014 Patent , Patent Reform

Today Public Knowledge, joined by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Engine Advocacy, and the Application Developers Alliance, sent a letter to Senate leadership calling for comprehensive patent reform.

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FTC Should Continue to Fight for Lower Consumer Prices in Qualcomm Lawsuit

April 18, 2019 Apple , Competition , FTC , Patent Reform , Patents

Back in November, Public Knowledge and Open Markets Institute argued to the International Trade Commission that it would violate the public interest to grant Qualcomm’s request to ban iPhones that used Intel baseband technology from the U.S. market. We wrote then,

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The Inspector General’s Patent Office Report Should Have Considered Patent Quality

September 8, 2016 Patent Office , Patent Reform , Patents

“The granting of improper and illegal patents defeats every object and purpose of patent laws. It serves to mislead and deceive the public, and to subject them to the annoyance of unjust and invalid claims. It throws distrust and discredit upon patented property, and injures the salable value of meritorious inventions.”

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Apple v. Samsung Before the Supreme Court: Fair Payment and Consequences to Innovation

June 10, 2016 Apple v. Samsung , Litigation , Patent Reform , Patents , Supreme Court

Imagine a tire on a fancy Tesla, a highly technical, complex car made from myriad technological contributions and likely subject to thousands of patents. Many of those patents cover the technologies that make the car run, while others, design patents, cover only the ornamental designs. Generally, a tire’s tread pattern is several straight lines that cross each other – and could be covered by a design patent. The tire itself is a small part of the final car, and the role the tread plays in the car’s value is minimal.

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