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New Op-Ed from Institute for Policy Innovation Resident Scholar Merrill Matthews: Blame Washington for Drug Shortages

Merrill Matthews, a resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation, recently published an opinion piece in RealClearHealth calling attention to the numerous attacks on intellectual property that are exacerbating ongoing shortages of prescription medicines. More than 300 drugs are currently in shortage, including 15 cancer drugs, due to falling profit margins in the drug […]

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This Month in IP: The Impact of the Bayh-Dole Act

The Bayh-Dole Act revolutionized U.S. innovation by decentralizing the licensing process for federally funded research. By giving universities and other nonprofits the ability to license their researchers’ discoveries to the private sector, the Bayh-Dole Act incentivized them to turn their cutting-edge research into tangible products. The law’s impact has proven substantial, contributing nearly $2 trillion

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Council for Innovation Promotion Applauds President Biden’s Apple Watch Decision

WASHINGTON (December 26, 2023) — Today, President Biden allowed an import ban on certain Apple Watches to take effect. The ban was imposed by the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), which found that Apple had infringed two patents held by Masimo, an American medical device manufacturer. Frank Cullen, executive director of the Council for

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C4IP Coalition Updates: December 2023

Happy holidays! C4IP has been very productive this December. Here’s a roundup of what our Coalition accomplished to close out 2023. On December 20, C4IP published an issue brief on the Bayh-Dole Act and march-in rights following the Biden administration’s new – and unprecedented – proposal for government intervention in innovation and technology companies.  On December 14, C4IP

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Fact Check: The PREVAIL Act Would Not Protect “Bad” Patents

Claim: In November, senior policy analyst Joe Mullin of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) published an article claiming that the reforms included in the PREVAIL Act would unfairly protect the owners of “bad,” low-quality patents at the expense of small businesses and software developers. Correction: PREVAIL allows the challenger of a patent to decide where it wants its challenge

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Celebrating American Innovation: Lloyd Hall

C4IP is recognizing Lloyd Hall, whose invention of food preservatives helped to reduce global food spoilage and hunger. Born in Elgin, Illinois, in 1894, Lloyd Hall was a dedicated student. Hall earned a scholarship to Northwestern University and earned his Bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical chemistry in 1916. He next attended graduate school at the University of Chicago. As

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New Op-Ed from C4IP Executive Director Frank Cullen: Innovators Need Patent Reform Now

Frank Cullen, C4IP’s executive director, recently published an opinion piece in InsideSources tracing back the origins of the legal confusion surrounding patent eligibility — and outlining how the Patent Eligibility Restoration Act would clarify patent eligibility in order to empower the researchers, scientists, and inventors who drive our innovation economy. Cullen’s piece details the numerous

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Council for Innovation Promotion Condemns the Administration’s Proposed Patent Abuse

WASHINGTON (December 7, 2023) — Today, the Biden administration claimed a newfound authority, under the 43-year-old Bayh-Dole Act, to rescind patent licenses on drugs, energy, climate change, and all other inventions that benefit from federal research funding. Frank Cullen, executive director of the Council for Innovation Promotion (C4IP), issued the following statement denouncing the decision:

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C4IP Co-Chair Andrei Iancu Moderates Innovation Policy Panel with Rep. Deborah Ross (D-NC)

On Monday, December 4, C4IP Co-Chair and former USPTO Director Andrei Iancu moderated a conversation with Rep. Deborah Ross (D-NC) for the Center for Strategic & International Studies’ Renewing American Innovation Project. Rep. Ross, who serves on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property and whose district encompasses North Carolina’s Research Triangle Innovation Hub, discussed

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C4IP Coalition Updates: November 2023

The onset of the holiday season hasn’t stopped C4IP’s hard work! Here’s what our Coalition accomplished during the month of November: On November 17, ConsumerAffairs featured C4IP Executive Director Frank Cullen in an article addressing the threats of fraud and counterfeit items ahead of the holidays. “Frank Cullen, C4IP Executive Director, Former Vice President of

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This Month in IP: November 2023

Innovation requires IP. Without a strong patent system, innovation does not happen at scale. Virtually every invention of impact is patented, as exemplified by these historical examples from the month of November: 1923: On November 20, Garrett Morgan was granted a patent for a three-position traffic signal, a significant advancement over previous signals. Morgan’s innovation

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