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GAO Reports – Patent Office Audits

  • Intellectual Property: Patent Office Should Define Quality, Reassess Incentives, and Improve Clarity, GAO-16-490: Published: Jun 30, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 2016: “GAO found that district court filings of new patent infringement lawsuits increased from about 2,000 in 2007 to more than 5,000 in 2015, while the number of defendants named in these lawsuits increased from 5,000 to 8,000 over the same period. In 2007, about 20 percent of all defendants named in new patent infringement lawsuits were sued in the Eastern District of Texas, and by 2015 this had risen to almost 50 percent. According to stakeholders, patent infringement suits are increasingly being tried in the predominantly rural Eastern District of Texas, likely due to recent practices in that district that are favorable to the patent owners who bring these infringement suits. GAO also found that most patent suits involve software-related patents and computer and communications technologies. Several stakeholders told GAO that it is easy to unintentionally infringe on patents associated with these technologies because the patents can be unclear and overly broad, which several stakeholders believe is a characteristic of low patent quality.”
  • Intellectual Property: Patent Office Should Strengthen Search Capabilities and Better Monitor Examiners’ Work, GAO-16-479: Published: Jun 30, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 2016: “Experts and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) examiners described a variety of challenges in identifying information relevant to a claimed invention—or “prior art”—that can affect examiners’ ability to complete a thorough prior art search in the time allotted and their confidence in their search efforts. These challenges include, among others, the quantity and availability of prior art, the clarity of patent applications, and USPTO’s policies and search tools.”
  • Intellectual Property: Survey of U.S. Patent Examiners (GAO-16-478SP, June 2016), an E-supplement to GAO-16-479 and GAO-16-490, GAO-16-478SP: Published: Jun 30, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 2016.

Activists Release Archives of TIME Magazine Issues to the Wild

Via Motherboard: “Activists have downloaded nearly 100 years worth of TIME magazine issues from the publication’s paywalled digital archive and dumped them all online for anyone to grab for free. “It was possible and seems worthwhile,” Michael Best, a freedom of information activist who obtained the files, told Motherboard in an online chat. In a… Continue Reading

2016 How Google Fights Piracy Report

Via Google Public Policy Blog: “The internet continues to be a boon for creators, their communities, and the content industry. At Google, we are committed to helping these industries flourish online. Today, Google’s services provide content for people all around the world and generate significant revenue for rightsholders. YouTube alone has now generated over $2… Continue Reading

Can Catastrophic Insurance Improve Financing for Long-Term Services and Supports?

Urban Institute – Brief – Can Catastrophic Insurance Improve Financing for Long-Term Services and Supports? Melissa M. Favreault; Howard Gleckman; Richard W. Johnson. June 9, 2016 – “A catastrophic insurance program could improve the way long-term services and supports are financed. The program would require enrollees who need care to wait a few years before… Continue Reading

The Antitrust and Intellectual Property Intersection in European Union Law

Petit, Nicolas, The Antitrust and Intellectual Property Intersection in European Union Law (June 17, 2016). Handbook of Antitrust, Intellectual Property and High Tech, Roger D. Blair & D. Daniel Sokol editors, Cambridge University. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2796670 “In European legal scholarship, many articles discuss the equilibrium reached in the case-law of the Court… Continue Reading

TTIP and Digital Rights

TTIP and Digital Rights Published: 08.06.2015 – “The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP – pronounced “tee-tip”) is a draft trade agreement being negotiated between the United States (US) and the European Union (EU). This booklet presents the concerns that EDRi and its members have regarding TTIP, such as the lack of transparency in the… Continue Reading

Visual China Group expands control of Corbis and Getty Images

First – Corbis Images and Corbis Motion closed their doors on May 2, 2016. Second, via the press room site at Getty Images today – note there are several moving parts to this news, which was announced in April 2016 – with more information is surfacing June 2016 – Via the Chief Executive Officer of… Continue Reading

GAO – IT Dashboard: Agencies Need to Fully Consider Risks When Rating Their Major Investments

IT Dashboard: Agencies Need to Fully Consider Risks When Rating Their Major Investments, GAO-16-494: Published: Jun 2, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 2016. “Agencies determined investments’ Chief Information Officer (CIO) ratings using a variety of processes, which included the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) six suggested factors (including risk management, requirements management, and historical… Continue Reading

CRS Report – Intellectual Property Rights Violations

Via FAS – Intellectual Property Rights Violations: Federal Civil Remedies and Criminal Penalties Related to Copyrights, Trademarks, Patents, and Trade Secrets. Brian T. Yeh, Legislative Attorney. May 27, 2016. “This report provides information describing the federal civil remedies and criminal penalties that may be available as a consequence of violations of the federal intellectual property… Continue Reading

MailChimp Content Style Guide

MailChimp Content Style Guide – MailChimp 2016. This work is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. [Note – I am a MailChimp customer and am pleased this guide is available.] Continue Reading

Intellectual Property in Asia: ASEAN, East Asia and India

Antons, Christoph, Intellectual Property in Asia: ASEAN, East Asia and India (May 19, 2016). The Oxford Handbook of Intellectual Property Law, Rochelle Dreyfuss and Justine Pila (eds), Oxford University Press, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2782263 “This paper covers parts of Asia with very significant recent developments in intellectual property (IP) law. IP reform… Continue Reading

Researchers around the world increasingly turning to pirated papers due to prohibitive publisher costs

Follow up to previous posting, Controversy over free journal access database keeps Sci-Hub in legal and research spotlight, via Science – Who’s downloading pirated papers? Everyone by John Bohannon – “These statistics are based on extensive server log data supplied by Alexandra Elbakyan, the neuroscientist who created Sci-Hub in 2011 as a 22-year-old graduate student… Continue Reading