The National Economic Council and the Council of Economic Advisers released a report, Patent Assertion and U.S. Innovation, detailing the challenges posed by Patent Assertion Entities (commonly called “patent trolls”). The White House also issued five executive actions and seven legislative recommendations designed to protect innovators from frivolous litigation and ensure the highest-quality patents in our system.
Today, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released its annual “Special 301” Report on the adequacy and effectiveness of U.S. trading partners’ protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR).
People around the world observed World Intellectual Property Day on April 26, 2013 with events and discussions to raise awareness about the importance of intellectual property in our everyday lives. World IP day also honored creators and innovators around the globe and many of the day’s events incorporated this year’s theme—Creativity: the next generation—which aimed to celebrate today’s creators and innovators that are imagining and changing how the world will look tomorrow.
On April 11, 2013 the recipients of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s 2013 Patents for Humanity Awards were announced. Ten recipients in five categories took home awards in recognition of their innovations that address a wide range of humanitarian issues.
STOPfakes.gov is once again bringing U.S. government tools and assistance "offline" to small and medium sized businesses across America. Trade experts and attorneys from the Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are traveling across the country to host eighteen one-day seminars on how companies and individuals can protect and enforce intellectual property to get the most out of exporting abroad.