The ACTA is out of the bag

After two and a half years of calls for more public scrutiny, the current draft of the once-secret Anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA) agreement has been released to the public, as the tech press has reported. The name notwithstanding, ACTA has little to do with counterfeiting and everything to do with copyright in the digital age. In a misguided…

Patent Round Up

It is unclear how the release of a Senate draft proposing to remove or change some key reforms from the patent reform bill previously reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee will be received in Congress. So far House Judiciary leaders have alerted their Senate colleagues publicly that they want to see changes. In the…

Intellectual Ventures Quick Hits

Since Steve Lohr’s New York Times critique on Intellectual Ventures, last month the blogosphere has lit up with discussion about back door schemes to file or threaten to file patent lawsuits. Revelations of IV’s skyrocketing lobbying expenses and political contributions as well as new strategy of licensing patents to lawsuit-happy NPEs have prompted a flurry of anti-IV sentiment.…