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AAU, APLU, and COGR submitted comments to the U.S. Patent and Trademark office expressing support for their 2019 Revised Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance, which revises the procedures officials use to determine patentability under Section 101 of the patent law.
The comments express the associations’ strong support for the Green Paper’s overarching aims and for many of the Green Paper’s recommendations, several of which reflect a positive response to the associations’ July 2018 comments on NIST’s Request for Information (RFI) on Federal Technology Transfer Authorities and Processes.
AAU and 19 other higher education groups this week filed an amicus brief arguing against the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order arguing that it undermines universities’ educational, research, and public service activities.
AAU, The Association of Medical Colleges, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, AUTM, and Council on Governmental Relations released a statement in support of the introduction of the SUCCESS Act.
AAU and other higher education associations submitted comments in response to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Request for Information (RFI) Regarding Federal Technology Transfer Authorities and Processes.
The associations wrote that they support "harmonizing the inter partes review (IPR) claim construction standard with that of the federal courts and the ITC by applying the Phillips standard rather than the 'broadest reasonable interpretation' standard."
AAU, APLU, COGR, AUTM, and AAMC developed a series of recommendations for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the Inter Partes Review (IPR) process and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings.
AAU thanks Representative Stivers (R-OH) and Bill Foster (D-IL) for introducing the STRONGER Patents Act, bipartisan legislation that would effectively crack down on abuses of the U.S. patent system while taking steps to improve that system.
AAU President Mary Sue Coleman expresses dismay at the FCC decision to eliminate protections for network neutrality, reversing their 2015 Open Internet Order.
AAU joins six other associations in letter sent to FCC in support of open and neutral access to the Internet.