Loren Donald Pearson

Loren Donald Pearson is a Registered Patent Attorney and a Florida Bar Board Certified Intellectual Property Attorney.  He is a partner at Assouline & Berlowe, PA and leads its intellectual property group.  Read his profile

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Wednesday
Jun052013

Obama Launches: "White House Task Force on High-Tech Patent Issues"

President Obama announced "White House Task Force on High-Tech Patent Issues."  The orders are unprecedented; in eighteen years of practice, I have never seen a set of patent-related executive orders.

I will be digesting and posting about the provisions in the days to come.

The main points include:

LEGISLATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS 

  1. Require patentees and applicants to disclose the “Real Party-in-Interest"
  2. Permit more discretion in awarding fees to prevailing parties in patent cases
  3. Expand the PTO’s transitional program
  4. Protect off-the-shelf use by consumers and businesses
  5. Change the ITC standard for obtaining an injunction
  6. Use demand letter transparency to help curb abusive suits
  7. Ensure the ITC has adequate flexibility in hiring

EXECUTIVE ACTIONS 

  1. Making “Real Party-in-Interest” the New Default.
  2. Tightening Functional Claiming.
  3. Empowering Downstream Users.
  4. Expanding Dedicated Outreach and Study.
  5. Strengthen Enforcement Process of Exclusion Orders.

White House Task Force on High-Tech Patent Issues

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