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Big Oil Companies, Acting Through Conservative Think Tanks, Want to Sink PTAB

Posted in America, Asia, Patents at 1:05 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The smearing of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) comes from right-wing entities in the United States and their exploitation of China for scaremongering purposes is quite noteworthy

YESTERDAY we published a couple of articles [1, 2] about how “China!” gets used as the catch-all excuse for patent maximalism. This upcoming webcast from Practising Law Institute (PLI) will, as usual, be about China. The title of it is “Chinese Patent Developments” and it’s not hard to imagine that they will say there.

As we noted last month, Koch-funded (Big Oil) think tanks are pushing hard against PTAB, i.e. they strive to lower patent quality at the USPTO in order to foster litigation. China is their excuse. 4 days ago Watchtroll said that a “Letter to President Trump on China IP Probe is Latest Sign of Conservative Support for Private IP Rights” (3 words that just allude vaguely to things like patents).

Watchtroll, in its typical fashion, took aim at PTAB and said: “By and large, these conservative pundits have argued for the abolishment of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) for the threats that it has posed to commercial investment in patented technologies, championing patents as private property rights.”

What conservative pundits? These ones?

As it turns out, there’s another upcoming event (a “seminar” from patent maximalists in New Jersey) and among the topic covered they have Oil States Energy Services, LLC v Greene’s Energy Group, LLC (a SCOTUS case regarding PTAB).

We can just about imagine what agenda will be pushed there. Big Oil companies certainly seem to be on the hunt for patents and lawsuits. It’s not entirely surprising.

Halliburton’s patent meddling in Europe is a subject we covered here a long time ago in many articles, e.g. [1, 2, 3]. “Halliburton Takes Fracking Fight From Oil Field to Patent Office,” according to this new report which was syndicated by other sites, stating:

Halliburton Co. isn’t content to limit its battle for market share with Schlumberger Ltd. to the oil field these days. It’s opened a new front in an unlikely place: the patent office.

It should not be so surprising that technology companies are more left-leaning and support PTAB, whereas right-wing entities go in the opposite direction and seek to destroy PTAB, using those old arguments like “small government” and “private property”.

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