Items tagged "Patent"

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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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Public Knowledge Praises PTO Appointment

June 19, 2009 Patent , Press Release

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B.Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

"President Obama has made an outstanding appointment in nominating David Kappos to become director of the Patent and Trademark Office. Kappos' background with a leading technology company ensures that he is aware of the need for reform of the patent process.

"We also hope that Kappos will reevaluate the role that PTO has played in copyright issues, concentrating instead on fixing the patent issues that need immediate attention."

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Public Interest Groups Sue Government To Force Open Secret Trade Deal

September 18, 2008 Patent , Press Release , Trademark

Contact:

Gwen Hinze
International Policy Director
Electronic Frontier Foundation
415-436-9333 x110
gwen@eff.org

Art Brodsky
Public Knowledge
202-518-0020 (o) 301-908-7715 (c)
abrodsky@publicknowledge.org

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Public Knowledge have filed suit against the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), demanding information about a secret intellectual property enforcement treaty that the government has put on a fast track to completion. (A copy of the suit is available here.)

The United States, Canada, the European Community, Switzerland, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates are currently negotiating the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

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Public Knowledge Statement on Leahy Intellectual Property Enforcement Bill

July 24, 2008 Patent , Press Release

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

“We are concerned that several provisions in this bill could have harmful, if unintended, consequences that would harm consumers. The bill rightly targets enforcement of copyright law against commercial infringers, but some of these same enforcement provisions are likely to hurt ordinary consumers.

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Consumer Groups Ask Senate to Take Up Patent Bill

November 8, 2007 Patent , Press Release

Six leading consumer groups have asked U.S. Senate leadership to bring to the floor legislation (S. 1145) to reform the patent system. The Judiciary Committee approved the bill July 19, 2007.

In a letter sent November 7, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Knowledge Ecology International, Public Knowledge and U.S. Public Interest Research Group said the legislation represents "a valuable first step in improving the quality and ensuring the strength of validly issued patents." The bill is sponsored by Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT).

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Public Knowledge Announces Staff Additions

October 31, 2007 Broadband , FCC , Patent , Press Release

Public Knowledge President Gigi B. Sohn today announced the addition of two new staff members for the organization.

Jef Pearlman is an Equal Justice Works fellow for the next two years. He is a 1999 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earned a Master's degree from MIT in computer science in 2000 and received his law degree from Stanford Law School in 2006. Jef will be working on amicus briefs, FCC filings and broadband issues.

Rashmi Rangnath, a PK Law Clerk, received her Bachelors in Academic Laws (B.A. equivalent) in 1998 and her LL.B. (J.D. equivalent) from the University of Mysore in Mysore, India. After getting married and coming to the U.S., Rashmi received her LL.M. degree in International Legal Studies with a specialization in International and Comparative Protection of Intellectual Property from American University Washington College of Law in 2006. Rashmi works on copyright and patent issues.

"Both Jef and Rashmi were interns at Public Knowledge, and we are pleased to welcome them back. They will contribute immeasurably to the important work we do," Sohn said.

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Public Knowledge Praises Passage of Patent Bill

September 7, 2007 Patent , Press Release

For immediate release.

The House this afternoon passed HR 1908, the Patent Reform Act by a 220-175 vote. The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

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Consumer Groups Back House Patent Bill

September 7, 2007 Patent , Press Release

For immediate release September 4, 2007

Consumer Groups Back House Patent Bill

Five leading consumer groups have told the House leadership they support wide-ranging patent legislation that is currently scheduled to be taken up by the full House later this week.

In a letter sent Aug. 31, Consumer Federation of America, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Knowledge Ecology International, Public Knowledge and U.S. Public Interest Research Group said the legislation "takes a significant first step towards improving patent quality and reducing the costs and uncertainties of litigation." The bill, HR 1908, is sponsored by Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), chairman of the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property.

The groups said the patent approval process will benefit from provisions in the bill that

  • allow for more comprehensive reviews of patent applications, before and after approval;

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Consumer Groups Back Senate Patent Bill

September 6, 2007 Patent , Press Release

For immediate release

Six leading consumer groups have told the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee that they support wide-ranging patent legislation currently under consideration. The Committee approved the bill on July 19, 2007.

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Thanks to 3D Printing and Open Source Hardware, Patent May be on the Cusp of a Copyright Moment

May 30, 2013 3D Printing , Patent

A new wave of creators care about innovating. They care about building things. And they mostly see patents as getting in the way.


If you are a practicing patent attorney, it might be a good idea to call up that one copyright attorney you know and invite them out for some coffee.  Because it’s starting to look like patents are about to have a copyright-like moment where they get pulled from an esoteric corner of law and thrust into popular culture.

And this isn’t a post about software patents, or about the portable patent thicket that is a modern mobile phone.  No, this is a post about what happens when an entire chunk of society runs into an area of law and gets really, really annoyed with what they find.

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