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Public Knowledge Urges Patent Office to Lower New Proposed Patent Review Fees

November 15, 2012 Patent , USPTO

Guest post by Minku Kang and Omar Noureldin of the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic at the USC Gould School of Law.

Last week, Public Knowledge filed comments with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) asking it to rethink the fees it has proposed for several patent review procedures. The comments are part of a series of rulemakings that the USPTO is conducting as it implements the America Invents Act (“AIA”), the landmark 2011 patent reform legislation. The comments were drafted and filed on PK’s behalf by the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic.

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When It Comes to IP Enforcement Bills, It’s the Little Things That Count

July 13, 2012 Enforcement , Piracy , SOPA , USPTO

The recently maligned IP Attaché Act is just one in a long line of IP bills that include seemingly innocuous provisions that could later prove to be harmful to innovation and the free flow of information.  In February I gave a talk at the University of Colorado that showed how over a decade, supporters of increasing copyright protection dropped little-known and little-understood language in IP bills that eventually became the basis for SOPA and PIPA, as well as the Department of Homeland Security’s program for seizing domain names. 

According to a former US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) official I spoke with, the content industries and their friends have been pushing the changes this bill would make for years.  That alone tells you something.

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