News and Commentary
Michael Rosen of the American Enterprise Institute summarizes the Thom Tillis and Chris Coons Section 101 reform outline. This would change patent eligibility standards by defining a set list of innovations ineligible for patent protection. However, it would also bar any future “judicially created exceptions” to patentable content, and also restrict non-obviousness or novelty analysis from patenting decisions.
The EU Copyright Directive could pose an “existential threat” to YouTube and its users, says CNBC contributor Lauren Feiner.
The patent troll Uniloc has for a long time kept the terms under which it licenses patents a secret. Judge William H. Alsup ruled in the proceedings for Uniloc v. Apple that Uniloc must file unsealed versions of all of its patent licensing agreements, after Apple argued it cannot keep them secret.
Louis C.K. is trying to keep the content of his new stand-up tour a secret, threatening copyright infringement against anyone who shares his bits. The New York Times asked several experts on whether or not the comedian can do this. While a copyright infringement claim itself would be laughable, it may be possible to restrict the ability of patrons from sharing material if the terms of admission include a contract not to share the material.