Articles by Diane Bartz

Senators Renew Push for Cybersecurity Law

Leading U.S. senators introduced a cybersecurity bill on Tuesday aimed at safeguarding the nation’s water and power systems, which experts have warned often only have the most rudimentary protections against hackers. Senators John Rockefeller and Dianne Feinstein, both Democrats; Susan …

Supreme Court to Hear Personal Medicine Patent Dispute

The Supreme Court hears arguments on Wednesday over whether Prometheus Laboratories may patent instructions for observing changes in a patient’s body to set drug dosages in a decision that could affect the future of “personal medicine.” The case focuses on …

Pending Patent Reform May Not Bring Much Lawsuit Relief

U.S. Congress is tantalizingly close to passing patent reform that President Barack Obama has hailed as an economic booster, but the legislation is expected to do little to divert money away from patent litigation and toward innovation. The Senate will …

Senate Amends Patent Reform Bill, Vote Could Come This Week

The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to strip controversial provisions out of a bipartisan bill to revamp the U.S. patent system and clear a years long backlog of patent applications. The vote was 97 in favor and two opposed. Senators Patrick …

Congress Takes Aim at Cybersecurity Threats

Proposed cybersecurity legislation circulating on Capitol Hill would give the president the power to declare an emergency in the case of big online attacks and force some businesses to beef up their cyber defenses and submit to scrutiny. The draft …

Key Senator Reports Compromise Reached on U.S. Patent Reform

Leading U.S. lawmakers have reached a tentative agreement to reform the nation’s patent system, according to Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Judiciary Committee and a leader in the effort. Leahy did not provide details of the compromise on Thursday, …

U.S. House Passes Repeal of Health Insurers’ Antitrust Exemption

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to take a 65-year-old antitrust exemption away from health insurance companies, leaning hard on an industry that has been the focus of criticism for fast-rising rates. The chamber voted 406 to 19 to …

Supreme Court Justices Question Patents for Business Methods

U.S. Supreme Court Justices seemed reluctant to allow hedging methods to be patented as it heard arguments Monday that were closely watched by software, biotech firms and other industries. Some software and biotechnology companies want the definition of what can …

Supreme Court to Hear Key Case on Patents For Business Methods

Software, biotech firms and others who develop new ways to do business will be watching closely Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court hears a case that could determine if such innovations can win patent protection. The case itself involves a …

Key U.S. Senators Agree on Patent Litigation Reform

Leaders of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday they had reached agreement on key elements of a bill to revise U.S. patent law. One of the changes would require judges hearing patent infringement cases to play a gatekeeper role …