C4IP Coalition Updates: July 2023

The month of July was a busy one for C4IP! Here’s a roundup of what our Coalition has been up to over the past month.

  • On July 26, C4IP submitted comments to the NIH regarding the agency’s upcoming workshop, “Transforming Discoveries into Products: Maximizing NIH’s Levers to Catalyze Technology Transfer.”
  • On July 26, C4IP Chief Policy Officer and Counsel Jamie Simpson participated in a US Inventor webinar and spoke on the recently introduced Promoting and Respecting Economically Vital American Innovation Leadership Act (PREVAIL).
  • On July 24, C4IP and the University of Maryland co-hosted a roundtable, “Prince George’s County and The Innovation Ecosystem,” with Special Guest Congressman Glenn Ivey (D-MD). The event’s speakers — which also included UMD Dean Samuel Graham, Jr., UMD Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Dean Chang, venture capitalist Bob Nye, and C4IP Co-Chair David Kappos — discussed growing innovation in Prince George’s County. You can find more on the roundtable event here.
  • On July 19, former USPTO Deputy Director Russell Slifer published an opinion essay in Bloomberg Law arguing that the USPTO should enact reforms that curb PTAB abuse in its upcoming round of rule changes.
    • “More than a decade ago, the America Invents Act made sweeping changes to the US patent system. Without meaning to, the AIA, like all other legislation, contained opportunities for abuse…[the] upcoming round of agency rulemaking [is] a great opportunity to bring stability and clarity to a policy area at the heart of American innovation.”
  • On July 17, C4IP Executive Director Frank Cullen, C4IP Board Member Judge Kathleen O’Malley (ret.), and C4IP Chief Policy Officer and Counsel Jamie Simpson participated in Inventing America’s event, “Separating Fact from Fiction: The Patent System in an Age of Geostrategic Competition.”
  • On July 11, C4IP released a policy agenda detailing 11 important policy actions that Congress, the Biden Administration, and the USTR should take in order to strengthen intellectual property rights in the United States and secure the country’s position as the innovation hub of the world.
  • On July 11, C4IP Co-Chair Andrei Iancu and C4IP Board Member Judge Kathleen O’Malley (ret.) joined New York-based law firm Sullivan & Cromwell as a partner and of counsel, respectively.
  • On July 10, C4IP issued a statement expressing concern with sections 601 and 602 of the draft Pandemic and All-Hazards Awareness Act (PAHPA).
    • “Against the backdrop of critical innovation success, it is ill-considered to now propose government intervention in innovators’ use of their intellectual property. Such interference is bound to send innovative companies looking elsewhere to invest their resources, with predictably devastating consequences for the next health crisis.”
  • On July 6, C4IP Co-Chair Andrei Iancu spoke to ABC News 10 in New York regarding concerns with a state bill banning all noncompete agreements.
  • On July 5, C4IP published a statement underscoring precisely why the Council supports the recently introduced Promoting and Respecting Economically Vital American Innovation Leadership Act (PREVAIL).
    • “The PREVAIL Act provides a comprehensive set of reforms that — after a decade’s worth of experience with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board — would ensure that the PTAB meets the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act’s original goals of providing more efficiency in the patent system, while also being fair to patent owners and petitioners alike.”
  • On July 5, C4IP Board Member Judge Paul Michel (ret.) was the featured guest speaker in a webinar hosted by U.S. Inventor, where he voiced support for the Patent Eligibility Restoration Act of 2023 (PERA).
    • Judge Michel’s (ret.) comments were featured in an IPWatchdog article.
  • ICYMI: C4IP announced the creation of a grant program for intellectual property research, scholarship, and writings. The program — which provides grants of up to $25,000 — will advance C4IP’s mission to provide lawmakers data-driven recommendations to inform IP policy. More information about the application process is available here, and any questions about the program should be directed to C4IP Chief Policy Officer and Counsel Jamie Simpson at jamie@c4ip.org.
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