Public Knowledge and Patent Reform
Public Knowledge and Patent Reform
Public Knowledge and Patent Reform

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    Earlier this week, Public Knowledge announced that we have
    hired Charles Duan to head up our new Patent Reform Project.  Charles is a computer scientist and former patent litigator who is
    currently working with my colleagues at the University of Colorado Law School analyzing next-generation Internet technologies and their impact on privacy, intellectual property and communications law.  He’ll be starting full time this summer and
    we’re excited to get started. 

    It should come as no surprise that Public Knowledge is starting this new
    project.  Our mission is to ensure an
    open communications system that promotes creativity, innovation and freedom of
    expression.   Unfortunately, the current patent system is
    having the opposite effect.  There are
    many reasons for this, and they are well documented.  They include, for example, the grant of poor
    quality patents; abuses in the volume of claims and continuations; the
    rise of “non-practicing entities,” or patent “trolls”; and damage awards that far exceed the value of the patented invention.  Even
    though Congress passed a patent reform bill in 2010 – the “America Invents
    – the problems with our patent system seem to be increasing, not

    PK will be working on patent policy in much the same way it works
    on copyright and telecom policy.   We’ll
    be working with other stakeholders to make the case for further patent
    reform.  We’ll be advocating in
    Congress, at the Patent and Trademark Office, at the White House, in the courts and
    elsewhere.  We’ll be commissioning
    research and developing simple messages to engage the press and the
    public in the debate.  We realize that
    patent policy is complex, technical and difficult to understand.  The good news is that 18 months ago, you
    could have said the same about copyright.  We want to demonstrate simply how patents affect
    people’s everyday lives.  We believe
    that this will motivate people to tell policymakers that it is time to make
    serious systemic changes to the way patents are granted and litigated. 

    So stay tuned over the coming months as we roll out this
    very exciting new project!