In the vigorous, ongoing debate about the state of America’s patent system — and the state of software patents, in particular — there are some legitimate issues that call for practical solutions, and there is a great deal of peripheral noise. To sort through and identify which is which, BSA and the National Association of Manufacturers co-hosted a packed briefing event this week on Capitol Hill. (more…)
Archive for February, 2013
Immigration reform is now firmly on the national agenda. This is good news, because hidden in the immigration debate is an immediate and pressing challenge facing the country, and lawmakers should seize the opportunity now to confront it.
To remain productive, innovative and competitive, the United States needs to educate and train tens of thousands of highly skilled workers to fill ever-expanding technical jobs in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. According to a study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, the United States could see 2.4 million STEM-related job vacancies between 2008 and 2018. But the American education system will fill only 61 percent of those positions. (more…)
Recognizing the complex, rapidly evolving nature of software innovation, the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has formed a partnership with the software community and is holding two “roundtable” discussions this month to solicit input on how best to improve the quality of the software-related patents it issues. I spoke for BSA today at the first of these roundtable discussions, held on the campus of Stanford University in Silicon Valley, and my message was simple: The ability to patent software is critical for promoting innovation, but the process can always be improved. Software is no different from any other class of invention in that regard.