The Great Equalizer: Reflecting on My Role in Award-Winning Film

I have experienced firsthand the highs of success and the lows of participating in our country’s broken patent system. “The Great Equalizer,” a documentary I had the privilege to be a part of, directed by Pritchett Cotten and led by Luke Livingston, has just won an award for “Best Direction” from the Political Film Festival. […]

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 […]

USPTO Obviousness Guidance: An Opportunity for Inventors

Recently, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued updated guidance to agency employees on the proper application of obviousness doctrine when determining patent validity. As a representative of America’s inventor community who has strongly opposed certain developments at the USPTO, I want to express my gratitude to Director Vidal for her work in clarifying […]

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 […]