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Save the Date: Patents in Theory and Practice: Implications for Reform

December 18, 2014 - Patent reform is high on the agenda for the upcoming Congress. Proponents of reform claim the current system produces excessive litigation, particularly on the part of "patent assertion entities," imposing costs on entrepreneurs and others and deterring innovation. Those on the other side suggest that the litigation explosion is overstated and that patent reform efforts will weaken intellectual property protections to the detriment of innovation. Complicating this issue is that the effects of the America Invents Act, recent court decisions, as well as changes at USPTO are still unknown.

Event Video Now Available - OTT Video: The End of Bundles?

November 18, 2014 - Video of the November 14th event, "OTT Video: The End of Bundles?" is now available on the TPI website.

Independence, the President and the FCC

November 17, 2014 - Independent regulatory agencies are strange creatures. They are part of the government, yet not immediately accountable to elected officials. Whenever an independent agency makes an unpopular decision, opponents complain about "unelected officials" making important public policy decisions, just as they do when courts reach decisions they don't like.

Geographic gTLD Proposal Politicizes Domain Name System

November 12, 2014 - A proposal to require applicants to secure approval for new geographic area gTLDs would "insert governments into the operation of ICANN in an unprecedented way", explains Thomas Lenard in comments filed today with ICANN's Government Advisory Committee (GAC). Granting governments a veto power over a potentially large class of new gTLDs would politicize the domain name system and is inconsistent with the market-oriented approach that allocates TLDs to their most highly valued uses. The comments were filed in response to the ICANN GAC draft document, "The protection of geographic names in the new gTLDs process"

Statement of Thomas Lenard on Title II Announcement

November 10, 2014 - This morning the White House released a statement asserting support for the reclassification of consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

Aspen Forum 2014