Bloomberg Law: Draft Standard-Patent Policy Draws Former Officials’ Opposition by Matthew Bultman
Proposed policy changes on patents essential to industry standards threaten the standardized technology ecosystem, a bipartisan group of patent office and Justice Department antitrust leaders are warning.
A draft statement the Biden administration released in December is a “solution in search of a problem,” the former officials said in a comment submitted to the Justice Department. The officials argue the new approach targets theoretical concerns while tipping the scales against owners of standard-essential patents, or SEPs.
Andrei Iancu, the patent office director under President Donald Trump, as well as Michelle Lee and David Kappos, both of whom led the patent office under President Barack Obama, signed on to the comment.