Corporate Lobbyists Pushing Harmful Laws on Genuine Inventors

Fake Inventors Pushing Bad Law for Real Inventors After eleven years walking the halls of Congress, I’ve learned a few things. The most important is that more than half the members of Congress are good people who look out for their constituents. They value feedback and try to improve the lives of the people they […]

Dear Congress, the PTAB Hinders Innovation and Threatens National Security

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) effectively invalidates 84% of the patents it fully adjudicates. That fact comes directly from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) PTAB Trial Statistics FY23 End of Year Outcome. This astronomical PTAB invalidation rate has effectively shut down investment in early-stage startups, particularly in vital sectors that require […]

New Legislation that Restores America’s Leadership in Innovation

On April 26, 2024, Representatives Thomas Massie and Marcy Kaptur introduced the Restoring America’s Leadership in Innovation Act (RALIA) in the House Judiciary IP Subcommittee. RALIA is one of those rare bills that actually does what its title says it does. RALIA restores America’s leadership in innovation, which is very much in the interest of […]

The Electronic Frontier Foundation: the Lobbyists Destroying US Innovation

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.  501(c)(3)s are largely prohibited from lobbying for candidates or legislation, even though a small portion of a 501(c)(3)’s resources can be used to lobby for legislation. The EFF lobbies a lot on many issues. Among those issues, for many years, the EFF has lobbied heavily […]

Hopelessly Inexperienced PTAB Judges are Destroying U.S. Innovation

In December 2023, the Senate IP Subcommittee held a hearing on the Promoting and Respecting Economically Vital American Innovation Leadership Act, S.2220 (PREVAIL), which affects the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).  The PTAB is an appalling failure, invalidating 84% of the patents it fully adjudicates, thereby unleashing massive predatory infringement of small entity patents […]

China Uses the USPTO to Take a Critical Minerals Market

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has perfected the art of stealing U.S. technologies and taking control of entire markets. Their methods range from the well-known, like forced technology transfers or outright stealing technology, to more subtle methods like enlisting the U.S. government to destroy U.S. company patents, clearing the way for the CCP to dominate […]

Bad Patents: The Political Narrative Driving PERA

Over the last twenty years, Big Tech drove what is probably the most effective political narrative in history into the collective mind of all three branches of government. Patent trolls, they exclaimed, are destroying innovation, and only the government can save America.  As a result, all three branches of government gutted the patent system. Lawmakers, […]

U.S. Innovation was on the Table in the Senate Hearing on PERA

On Tuesday, January 23, 2024, the Senate Judiciary’s IP Subcommittee held a hearing on the Patent Eligibility Restoration Act (PERA). The corporate lobbyists tell us that PERA will fix patent eligibility problems plaguing U.S. innovation for biotech, diagnostic methods, and inventions implemented in software.   In his opening statement, Senator Tillis said, “We’ve said many […]