Supreme Court Gold Plates Low-Quality Patents

Today the Supreme Court upheld the Federal Circuit’s protective view of low-quality patents in Microsoft v. i4i.  Despite the limited review at the Patent and Trademark Office, the Court affirmed that once granted, a patent can only be invalidated by “clear and convincing evidence,” a strong presumption of validity that is especially helpful for marginal…

CCIA Files Petition With FCC Asking To Deny AT&T Merger

The Computer & Communications Industry Association, which has advocated for 39 years for competition policy that fosters innovation and allows the next start up and smaller competitors to have a chance to succeed, filed a petition with the FCC Tuesday asking it to deny AT&T’s proposal to take over its competing wireless carrier, T-Mobile. Technology companies from…

CCIA Files Petition With FCC Asking To Deny AT&T Merger

The Computer & Communications Industry Association, which has advocated for 39 years for competition policy that fosters innovation and allows the next start up and smaller competitors to have a chance to succeed, filed a petition with the FCC Tuesday asking it to deny AT&T’s proposal to take over its competing wireless carrier, T-Mobile. Technology companies from…

Commission Publishes New IPR Strategy

The European Commission released a broad Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) strategy today, which defines outstanding initiatives in the areas of authors’ IPRs, trademarks, designs, and geographical indications. The preliminary Directive covering orphan works was introduced today. Other topics will be introduced in the second half of the year or next year. The Computer & Communications Industry Association…

Upcoming Event: Media Briefing of Antitrust Experts on AT&T – T-Mobile Takeover

The proposed takeover of T-Mobile USA’s wireless communications business by AT&T raises serious competition policy issues that require careful analysis by the Federal Communications Commission and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. The proposed transaction would reduce the number of national wireless carriers from four to three, and more importantly, create an…