Category: Eye On Washington

Devastating Loss

IP world reeling over death of former USPTO director Q. Todd Dickinson. Many remember him as the former under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office during Bill Clinton’s second term.

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Lessons from COVID-19

Because medical diagnostics are no longer patentable in the United States, investors are uninterested. This causes a series of unfortunate cascading effects. We must correct U.S. innovation policy to ensure we are ready for the next pandemic.

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The Piracy Plague

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation believes that history demonstrates that robust, cooperative and voluntary efforts have a meaningful effect on consumer behavior, which will reduce piracy and increase legal sales. 

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Missed Opportunity

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement has been approved by both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, clearing the way to replace the defunct North American Free Trade Agreement of 1993. But the deal completely omitted expanded protection for biologic drugs.

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‘It Is a Mess’

With different people and agencies and courts going in different directions in the United States, we’re looking to the UK and Germany to hopefully provide certainty. In the United States, there is no certainty, which continues to make it very difficult for businesses.

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