News of the Week – January 7th

The number of Americans filing for jobless benefits fell last week, and layoffs in December were the smallest in more than 15 years, indicating labor market strength even as economic growth appears to have slowed sharply in the fourth quarter (New York Times). Massachusetts is the most innovative state, with California scoring a close second and Washington, New Jersey and …

News of the Week – December 17th

A patent owner that seeks to prevent another from infringing is NOT a bully, period. A patent owner that takes action to prevent infringement is merely protecting the property right they have been granted; a right purposefully granted by the federal government after a lengthy examination process (IPWatchdog). The Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time in almost …

News of the Week – December 10th

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) says getting patent reform through the lower chamber is all about “timing” (The Hill). Mortgage rates were pushed slightly higher by last week’s strong employment report, according to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac (Washington Post).

News of the Week – December 3rd

U.S. services sector activity slowed in November but remained at levels consistent with a steady pace of economic growth for the fourth quarter, a business survey showed on Thursday (Reuters). Janet L. Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, told Congress that she regarded domestic economic conditions as sufficiently strong to start raising the Fed’s benchmark interest rate later this month (New …

News of the Week – November 19th

Yesterday IAM held an event in Washington, DC, titled Patent Law and Policy. The first panel discussion of the day was on patent reform, taking a look at what has driven the legislative agenda over the past decade, what has been fixed, what remains to be done and how patent reform could affect patent owners ability to secure maximum monetary …

News of the Week – November 12th

The “patent troll” narrative — fueled by anecdotal tales of mom-and-pop operations snared by fraudulent patent suits and the image of ugly green trolls paraded from the House floor to the White House – became the conventional wisdom on patents almost overnight. As readers of IPWatchdog know well, the only “data” offered to support the narrative were compiled from surveys …

News of the Week – October 15th

Federal Reserve Official William Dudley said recent data suggest the economy is slowing. Specifically, he said that inventories, dollar appreciation and sluggish global growth are holding the U.S. economy back (CNBC). Only a month ago, as Congress returned from its summer recess, both the House and the Senate appeared poised to advance several patent reform measures that had stalled before …

News of the Week – October 8th

Federal Reserve officials believe the U.S. recovery will likely remain insulated from the slowdown in China that has roiled the global economy, keeping the central bank on track to begin ending its extraordinary stimulus later this year (Washington Post). The jobs report is a bit unpleasant. Employers added just 142,000 workers to their payrolls in September, and unemployment remained flat at 5.1 …

News of the Week – October 1st

World economic growth lost momentum in September, with China’s factory output shrinking again, euro zone manufacturing growth slowing, and U.S. activity steady. The latest business surveys across Asia, Europe and the Americas paint a gloomier picture and are likely to prompt more calls for central banks to loosen monetary policy even further. (Reuters). U.S. manufacturers expanded at their slowest pace in …

News of the Week – September 24th

The Volkswagen emissions scandal has rocked Germany’s business and political establishment and analysts warn the crisis at the car maker could develop into the biggest threat to Europe’s largest economy (Reuters). Stock market turmoil and a surprise currency devaluation fueled fears of a Chinese slump with global repercussions. But even a weaker China still is on track to turn in …