With US Patent Overhaul Dead, Agencies Ponder Changes As Industry Debates Role Of ‘Trolls’

by on December 8, 2008 · 5 comments

I attended the Federal Trade Commission hearing about the state of intellectual property on Friday, and wrote a piece about the event, “With US Patent Overhaul Dead, Agencies Ponder Changes As Industry Debates Role Of ‘Trolls’.”

The piece appeared in ip-watch.org, the excellent Geneva-based publication run by my friend and former colleague William New. Those of you who aren’t familiar yet with ip-watch.org should definitely begin following it: it’s a must-read for practitioners, advocates and activists concerned about all forms of intellectual property.

  • http://www.rentecdirect.com Martin

    I don't have anything good to say about the US Patent process. It attracts con artists. The system is absolutely positively broken, and needs repaired, or perhaps completely done away with (I'm sure that would spin a few heads).

    The system is designed against who it was designed for. The average “joe” who wants to patent an idea can not do it without an ungodly investment. Corporations and cons seem to have no probs getting through though. Sad.

  • mwendy

    Shameless self-promotion here. CompTIA is hosting a PTO event at B-369 in RHOB this Thursday. It's free and open to all (only RSVP's needed to the contact below). A box lunch is provided, too.

    What:
    Four former PTO Commissioners/Officials sit down for a CompTIA-hosted discussion on what the Patent and Trademark Office may, or should, look like in the next Administration.

    Who:
    The Hon. Q. Todd Dickinson (former Undersecretary and PTO Director; Executive Director, American Intellectual Property Law Association)
    The Hon. Nicholas P. Godici (former Commissioner of Patents; Executive Advisor, Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP)
    The Hon. Bruce Lehman (former Assistant Secretary and PTO Commissioner; Chairman, International Intellectual Property Institute)
    The Hon. Gerald J. Mossinghoff (former Assistant Secretary and PTO Commissioner; Senior Counsel, Oblon Spivak)

    Where:
    B-369
    Rayburn House Office Building

    When:
    Thursday, December 11th, 2008

    Time:
    12:30pm – 2:00pm

    Contact:
    Box lunch provided. To RSVP, please contact TLiszka@comptia.org, 202-543-3003 x203

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