C4IP Coalition Updates: April 2024

C4IP was busy over the past month! Here’s a roundup of what our Coalition accomplished during the month of April.

April Highlights: Reforming Patent Adjudication With PREVAIL

The Promoting and Respecting Economically Vital American Innovation Leadership (PREVAIL) Act was introduced by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) in August 2023 and remains one of the most important innovation policy priorities for the 118th Congress. The bill would reform patent adjudication standards at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in order to ensure that inventors receive fair and equal treatment when their patents are challenged, no matter whether that is at the PTAB or in federal district court.

C4IP is actively engaged in and supportive of initiatives advocating for the swift passage of this important legislative reform:

Additional Coalition Updates

  • On May 7, the Special Competitive Studies Project (SCSP) will host a Fireside Chat on AI and IP, which will include C4IP Co-Chair and former USPTO Director Andrei Iancu and U.S. Copyright Office Director Shira Perlmutter. The event will take place from 1:50 to 2:20 p.m. EDT at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
    • For more details and to register for the event, visit the SCSP AI Expo website.
  • On April 29, C4IP Executive Director Frank Cullen released a statement recognizing Representatives Thomas Massie and Marcy Kaptur for introducing the Restoring America’s Leadership in Innovation Act (RALIA) of 2024.
  • On April 26, C4IP Executive Director Frank Cullen released a statement marking this year’s World Intellectual Property Day, which focuses on how IP contributes to and promotes sustainable development.
  • On April 25, C4IP Chief Policy Officer and Counsel Jamie Simpson was featured in a Bloomberg Law article covering Representative Adam Schiff’s new AI and copyright bill.
  • On April 10, C4IP Board Member Judge Kathleen O’Malley (ret.) was interviewed in World Intellectual Property Review about her career as a woman in law and her tireless advocacy for strong IP rights.
  • On April 9, C4IP Board Member Judge Paul Michel (ret.) was a featured speaker at CSIS’ 2024 LeadershIP Conference, the premier conference on IP, innovation, and national security policy. Other speakers included David Norquist, CEO of NDIA and former Undersecretary of Defense, and Walt Copan, senior adviser of CSIS’s Renewing American Innovation Project and former NIST Director.
  • On April 8, C4IP Co-Chair and former USPTO Director David Kappos was interviewed by KSL.com in an article on Utah Senators Mike Lee and Mitt Romney’s efforts to protect innovation, which also drew heavily from C4IP’s recently released Congressional Innovation Scorecard.
  • On April 8, C4IP Co-Chairs and former USPTO Directors Andrei Iancu and David Kappos published an opinion essay in the Buffalo News highlighting how the Biden administration’s proposal for march-in rights would undermine innovation across New York.

“Adopting the new framework would undermine four decades’ worth of trust in federally funded research and decimate innovation across all high-tech sectors.”

  • On April 1, C4IP Co-Chair Andrei Iancu and President & CEO of UCLA Technology Development Corporation Amir Naiberg published an opinion essay in The Orange County Register explaining how the Biden administration’s march-in proposal threatens innovative research at universities across the country.
  • ICYMI: C4IP’s website now includes a “Key Issues” landing page featuring PERA, PREVAIL, March-In Rights, EU SEPs Reform, the TRIPS Waiver, and the SHOP SAFE Act.

“[Public-private] cooperation has become the norm under Bayh-Dole. It will end abruptly if the Biden administration rewrites the rules of the game.”

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