PTO Requests Comments On Changes To Make It Difficult To Challenge Weak Patents

Washington – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has requested comments on making permanent changes to the system currently used to challenge weak or overly broad patents known as inter partes review.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association sent a letter to Patent and Trademark Office Director Iancu last year warning him that making it…

CCIA Submits Comments to WIPO on Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property

Washington — Today the Computer & Communications Industry Association submitted comments to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on its draft issues paper on artificial intelligence and intellectual property. CCIA previously filed several other recent submissions on the intersection of AI and IP with the USPTO: (1) on patenting AI inventions in November; and (2)…

CCIA Asks PTO To Preserve Ability To Challenge Weak, Overly Broad Patents

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association has sent a letter to Patent and Trademark Office Director Iancu asking him not to implement new rules that would prevent challenges to weak or overly broad patents. Senators Coons and Tillis sent a letter to PTO Director Iancu expressing concern over so-called “serial” IPR petitions.  The…

CCIA Files PTO Amicus On Sovereign Immunity As A Shield From Patent Review

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association co-filed an amicus brief at the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) on Friday evening on the applicability of sovereign immunity to IPRs. This case will determine whether sovereign immunity can be used to shield a patent from inter partes review (IPR). By allowing the PTO to review its earlier decision to grant a patent, IPR…

CCIA Says Decision To Keep Michelle Lee Leading PTO Is Welcome News

Washington — US Patent and Trademark Office Director Michelle Lee will stay on during the next administration, according to news reports. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has advocated for patent reform for more than two decades. CCIA represents companies that hold patents and require licenses from patent holders to ensure complex technology products and…

CCIA Offers Written Statement For House Judiciary Patent Oversight Hearing

Washington – The House Judiciary Committee is examining a recent GAO report on patent quality and other issues on the problem of patent trolls at a hearing Tuesday. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has been advocating for comprehensive patent reform for more than a decade. CCIA patent counsel Matt Levy submitted a written statement…