European Parliament Demands ACTA Draft After EC Says Language Nearly Final

Members of the European Parliament are angered the European Commission has announced agreement on final language for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement – without revealing what’s in the latest draft of the secret, controversial document. Several members released a joint statement demanding the EC release the text of the international agreement that would add new policing measures on…

Internet Heavweights, Consumer, Library, Tech Associations Raise 1st Amendment Concerns About Infringement Bill

Senate Judiciary Committee leaders and staff are getting an earful from a broad coalition of tech companies, consumers’ groups and Internet engineers about a newly introduced bill it hoped to markup this week that would give the DOJ a new tool to essentially shut down domains accused of copyright infringement. Tech companies and consumer, library and privacy…

CCIA Releases IP Enforcement Strategy Questions

The Computer & Communications Industry Association is releasing a list of questions that should be asked as the Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement releases its strategy to coordinate IP enforcement across the federal government. If properly pursued, such a plan could be valuable, but if not implemented properly it could be a drag on innovation.…

IBM, TurboHercules and the Problems with the Patent System

One of CCIA’s smaller members, TurboHercules SAS, has received a lot of attention recently surrounding its antitrust dispute with IBM, especially because IBM has chosen to rattle its many patent sabers at this much smaller competitor by providing a list of 173 potentially infringed patents. What makes this story a little different from a classic patent shakedown is that TurboHercules…