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 […]

13 Unelected People Have Destroyed U.S. Innovation

Thousands of years of human history have taught us that a just political system is not possible without separating power. No one should ever have total power over any one thing. When power is concentrated in the hands of too few people, those in power invariably become corrupt. Often corruption is born in bias created […]

China, the Once Great Silicon Valley, and the Petri Dish Effect

My dad worked at Fairchild from the late 1950’s through the 1960’s. His second level boss was Robert Noyce, the inventor of planar technology, which placed my dad on the team that put the first integrated circuit into mass production. Noyce left Fairchild to start up Intel in 1968. Shortly afterwards, Noyce offered my dad […]

A Rogue Farm Trade Group Threatens to Destroy Farm Property.

We are at a pivotal moment. China now leads the United States in 37 of 44 technologies critical to our national security and economic growth. These technologies range from artificial intelligence to crop seeds, and everything in between, including technologies key to the Broadband Equity and Access Deployment (BEAD) program. Ironically, Burton Eller, Legislative Director […]

USI’s Position on PERA: Serious Matters Require Serious Discussions.

What is the USI’s PERA Position? US Inventor (USI) disclosed its position on the Patent Eligibility Restoration Act (PERA) in September 2023. Gene Quinn, founder of IP Watchdog, took issue with USI’s position in what can only be called a hit-piece intended to shut down constructive debate.  He has since refused to publish anything from […]

PERA is Dangerous to U.S. Innovation.

What is the public policy justification to restrict US innovation in ways that no other country does?  No legislation should be introduced without a fully debated and clearly articulated public policy justification. To do so is bad lawmaking that brings dangerous consequences. A prime example of bad lawmaking is the America Invents Act of 2011 […]

PREVAIL’s Standing Language is Not a Standing Requirement.

In June 2023, the Promoting and Respecting Economically Vital American Innovation Leadership (PREVAIL) Act was introduced in the Senate and the House (S.2220 and H.R.4370) to address the extraordinary cost and absurdly high patent invalidation rate of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).   The PTAB, created by the America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA), […]