Saturday, May 09, 2015

IP reform issues are not divided along party lines

Senator  Cornyn of Texas is a co-sponsor of the PATENT Act, which is an alternative to Goodlatte's Innovation Act, backed by Congr. Issa and Lofgren.


A bipartisan group of senators introduced the PATENT Act today—the latest reform bill to take on patent trolls. Authored by Sens. Grassley, Leahy, Cornyn, Schumer, Lee, Hatch, and Klobuchar, the "Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act of 2015" is an important step toward stopping abusive patent litigation.

In the realm of copyright, Senator Cornyn has backed open access to research funded by the federal government:

On the other hand, the Federal Research Public Access Act proposed to expand the open public access mandate to research funded by eleven U.S. federal agencies. Originally introduced to the Senate in 2006 by John Cornyn (R-TX) with two cosponsors,[39] it was reintroduced in 2009 by Lieberman, co-sponsored by Cornyn,[40] and again in 2012.[41]These bills proposed requiring that those eleven agencies with research expenditures over $100 million create online repositories of journal articles of the research completed by that agency and make them publicly available without charge within six months after it has been published in a peer-reviewed journal.[42]

--from wiki

Issa and democrat Conyers are on the other side of this coin.

One notes that IP issues are complex and not divided along partisan lines.

*. Note also, from a 2011 post on IPBiz

Dana Rohrabacher R-Ca, James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., and Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., are leading the opposition against the House patent reform bill.

See also the comments by Carl Gulbrandsen to AUTM, posted at Patent Docs, Not Necessarily Patent "Reform" 

Of post-grant review (aka opposition), Gulbrandsen wrote:

The proposed legislation, however, adds both a post grant review procedure where patents during the 12 months following issuance can be challenged on any grounds and an enhanced inter partes reexamination procedure. The net result is valuable patents will be more subject to challenge which increases costs for the patent owner, weakens the value of the patent, and makes it more difficult to license or raise capital funds necessary to starting a company and creating jobs.



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