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Posted at 8:14 AM ET, 03/ 1/2011

The Circuit: Patent reform, voting to disapprove net neutrality, Google explains e-mail scare

By Hayley Tsukayama

LEADING THE DAY: The Senate began discussing patent reform Monday afternoon, Hillicon Valley says the measure is likely to pass, though it faces opposition from groups such as the Computer and Communications Industry Association.

CCIA President & CEO Ed Black said in a statement, “The reform process instigated by the tech sector six years has led to legislation that is less desirable than the status quo. On the whole, it will inhibit the technology sector and impede future reform.”

On Monday, the Office of Management and Budget issued a statement in support of passing the measure, saying it "represents a fair, balanced, and necessary effort to improve patent quality." The OMB did, however, say that it would not object to the removal of certain "provisions on damages and venue" it says were no longer needed due to recent court decisions.

Technology subcommittee to vote on net neutrality rule: On Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Communications and Technology will vote on a resolution of disapproval of the FCC's net neutrality rule. The resolution calls for Congress to disapprove of the open internet measure and ensure that "such rule shall have no force or effect."

Google apologizes for e-mail scare, explains cause: Most Gmail accounts are back up after thousands of users lost access to their e-mails earlier this week. Google apologized to the affected users in its blog and said the glitch was caused by storage software update. The e-mails were never actually lost, though Google did have to use its tape backups to recover some of the information.

U.S. says Baidu is a piracy marketplace: The U.S. Trade Representative released a list of "notorious markets" that "deal in infringing goods." Among the sites named are two of China's most popular Web sites, Baidu and Taobao. According to the report, Baidu supports piracy through deep linking to allegedly infringing materials. Taobao, the report said, has made strides to improve on piracy issues but "still has a long way to go." Other notorious markets include clones of the now-defunct Russian site allofmp3, Sweden's The Pirate Bay and Canada's IsoHunt. The report also lists physical markets across the world that are piracy hotspots.

Mediacom found injecting ads into user browsing sessions: DSLReports looked into claims its readers made on its forums and found that Mediacom was imposing ads for its services on top of third-party sites without customers' permission. Mediacom customers were seeing ads for the company on normally ad-free sites such as the homepage of Google.com and Apple.com. A Mediacom representative told users on a forum that the company would look into the complaints, though most are skeptical that this is a bug of some kind.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 1, 2011; 8:14 AM ET
 
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"represents a fair, balanced, and necessary effort to improve patent quality."

That is untrue. Small entities have been shut out from these proceedings though they account for the lion's share of new jobs. Also, this bill will do nothing to improve patent quality. What it will do is help large corporations maintain their monopolies and kill their small entity and startup competitors (which is exactly what they intended it to do) and with them the jobs they would have created. According to recent studies by the Kauffman Foundation and economists at the U.S. Census Bureau, “startups aren’t everything when it comes to job growth. They’re the only thing.” This bill is a wholesale slaughter of US jobs.

Please see http://truereform.piausa.org/ for a different/opposing view on patent reform.

Posted by: 0028 | March 1, 2011 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I agree w/ 0028. If OMB thinks the current patent reform bill will reduce the backlog, then no one at OMB understands the application process. A switch to first-to-file will encourage quick, indiscriminate filing since the ONLY thing that matters is the race to the patent office.

Fee setting authority means nothing in the absence of ending fee diversion (discussed, but not part of the current bill). In fact, it could have the opposite of the desired effect, and increase fees (re-directed into the general fund) while failing to improve services.

For my views on the current patent reform bill (S.23), see: http://gametimeip.com/tag/patent-reform-act-of-2011/

Posted by: gametimeip | March 1, 2011 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I agree w/ 0028. If OMB thinks the current patent reform bill will reduce the backlog, then no one at OMB understands the application process. A switch to first-to-file will encourage quick, indiscriminate filing since the ONLY thing that matters is the race to the patent office.

Fee setting authority means nothing in the absence of ending fee diversion (discussed, but not part of the current bill). In fact, it could have the opposite of the desired effect, and increase fees (re-directed into the general fund) while failing to improve services.

For my views on the current patent reform bill (S.23), see: http://gametimeip.com/tag/patent-reform-act-of-2011/

Posted by: gametimeip | March 1, 2011 10:07 AM | Report abuse

The giveaway in the message from the OMB can be seen in the code words "represents a fair, balanced", all that's missing is the word "and" to connect the dots to Fox News. It seems that once again our corporate overlords have given the non-corporate masses the high hard one. Speaking for the sheeple of America, thank you sirs, may we have another one?

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Posted by: jerrywww | March 1, 2011 12:26 PM | Report abuse

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