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BIO Deputy General Counsel Testifies on Patent Reform

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On Wednesday, March 18, BIO’s Deputy Counsel for Intellectual Property, Hans Sauer, testified in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee regarding proposed reforms to the current U.S. patent system. The hearing was a chance for the Judiciary committee to listen to experts on what should be done to halt misuse of the patent system. In his remarks, Mr. Sauer noted that while BIO appreciates efforts by Congress to curb patent troll abuses, some of Read More >

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Patent Trolls and Nigerian Scammers

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What do patent trolls and Nigerian princes have in common? Two things come to mind. First, if you get an email from either one, nothing good can come from it. Second, hardly anybody falls for either scam. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the most notorious patent assertion entity (otherwise known as a patent troll) has agreed to a consent decree. Which means they have agreed to halt their deceptive business practices. Of course, Read More >

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Patent Reform Legislation Off The Table For Now

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If the mainstream media is to be believed, the patent system is broken.  This notion is frequently blamed on the perceived increase in so-called patent assertion entities (“PAEs”), referred to derogatorily as “patent trolls.”  More often than not, these media reports cite to a limited number of examples illustrating the perceived abuses, and reach the conclusion that patents are stifling innovation.  And, even though there has been serious disagreement about the extent of the problem, Read More >

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