Opinions and Editorials

Apr. 22, 2022

Bloomberg Law: Don’t Let Big Tech Sabotage U.S. Innovators’ Protections by Judge Michel and Chris Israel

A bipartisan group of senators just introduced a bill to crack down on Chinese companies that steal hundreds of billions of dollars in American intellectual property every year. Unfortunately, another urgent threat to American inventors’ IP is emerging here at home—Big Tech—and it’s unclear if legislators will protect innovators’ rights from duplicative attacks.

In 2011, Congress established the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) within the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The PTAB was supposed to offer companies that want to challenge the validity of patents—typically patents owned by a rival company—a more efficient alternative to the court system.