An Ever-Weakening Patent System is Threatening the Future of American Innovation

Over the past ten years, the United States patent system has been transformed by new legislation, regulatory actions, and numerous decisions by the Supreme Court addressing nearly every area of patent doctrine. The many disruptive legal changes have affected infringement remedies, licensing activities, and what types of inventions and discoveries are eligible for patent protection, … Continue reading “An Ever-Weakening Patent System is Threatening the Future of American Innovation”

Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act is First Step Towards a Modern Copyright Office

The House Judiciary Committee today overwhelmingly approved the bipartisan Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act by a vote of 27-1. Introduced last Thursday by Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr.—with the support of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, and Senator Patrick Leahy—the Act is the first … Continue reading “Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act is First Step Towards a Modern Copyright Office”

Innovate4Health: mPedigree Battles Counterfeit Drugs Through Innovative Verification System

This post is one of a series in the #Innovate4Health policy research initiative. Counterfeit medicines sold under a product name without proper authorization are a serious threat to global public health. Classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as substandard, spurious, falsely labelled, falsified and counterfeit (SSFFC) medical products, counterfeit drugs are regularly designed to … Continue reading “Innovate4Health: mPedigree Battles Counterfeit Drugs Through Innovative Verification System”

Kodi Software Enabling Widespread Copyright Infringement

Awards season always seems to arrive with new stories about how piracy is affecting the film industry and the way we watch movies. Whether it’s a promotional screener that was stolen and uploaded to a torrent site, or the latest software that allows users to download or stream pirated content, the tales are reminders of … Continue reading “Kodi Software Enabling Widespread Copyright Infringement”

Trusted Notifier Program Defended Against Misleading Rhetoric

One year ago, domain name registry Donuts, Inc. and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) entered into an agreement termed the Trusted Notifier Program in a joint effort to combat piracy. The voluntary initiative “introduced a new way to work towards mitigation of clear and pervasive cases of copyright infringement,” and according to Donuts’ … Continue reading “Trusted Notifier Program Defended Against Misleading Rhetoric”

What Would Judge Gorsuch Mean for Fair Use?

On February 1st, President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. The announcement opened the floodgates of prognostication as to how the appellate court judge from Colorado might sway the Court in the coming terms, with forecasters pouring over his past decisions in … Continue reading “What Would Judge Gorsuch Mean for Fair Use?”

CPIP Scholars Join Open Letter Providing IP Guidance for New Administration and Congress

The Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property and several of its Senior Scholars are proud to support an open letter released today providing intellectual property guidelines for the Trump administration and the 115th Congress. CPIP Executive Director Matthew Barblan, Co-Founders Adam Mossoff and Mark Schultz, and Senior Scholars Christopher Holman, Kristen Osenga, and Sean … Continue reading “CPIP Scholars Join Open Letter Providing IP Guidance for New Administration and Congress”

IP Scholars Explain Why We Shouldn’t Use SurveyMonkey to Select Our Next Register of Copyrights

In a letter submitted to House Judiciary Committee today, nine IP scholars (organized by CPIP’s Sandra Aistars) express their support for the Committee’s proposal to modernize the Copyright Office. The letter identifies three major challenges facing the Copyright Office, including “(1) insufficient funds, staff, and infrastructure to efficiently perform its core functions; (2) operational impediments … Continue reading “IP Scholars Explain Why We Shouldn’t Use SurveyMonkey to Select Our Next Register of Copyrights”

Librarians’ Contradictory Letter Reveals an Alarming Ignorance of the Copyright System

On December 14th, a group of librarians sent a letter to Congress explaining why they believe the Copyright Office should remain under the control of the Library of Congress. Written by University of Virginia Library’s Brandon Butler, the letter is a self-contradicting and uninformed response to recent recommendations on reform of the Copyright Office offered … Continue reading “Librarians’ Contradictory Letter Reveals an Alarming Ignorance of the Copyright System”

Digital Single Market Must Protect the Rights of All Authors and Publishers

Cross-posted from the Mister Copyright blog. In 2015, the European Commission unveiled a plan to “create a free and secure digital single market” that would expand and standardize the EU’s digital economy for the benefit of consumers. The strategy was named the Digital Single Market and one of its objectives is to modernize the EU copyright … Continue reading “Digital Single Market Must Protect the Rights of All Authors and Publishers”