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Daniel B. Ravicher
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Daniel B. Ravicher is a Lecturer in Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Executive Director of the Public Patent Foundation (“PUBPAT”), a not-for-profit legal services organization that represents the public interest in the patent system, and particularly the public interest against underserved patents and unsound patent policy. Labeled a modern day 'Robin Hood' by Science magazine, and awarded an Echoing Green Fellowship for social entrepreneurship, Professor Ravicher writes and speaks frequently on patent law, including twice testifying as an invited witness before Congress on the topic of patent reform. As a result of his accomplishments and professional reputation, Professor Ravicher was named to both Managing Intellectual Property magazine's '50 Most Influential People in IP' list and IP Law & Business magazine's 'Top 50 Under 45' list. He has a degree in materials science and is a member of the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Blog Entries by Daniel B. Ravicher

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Patent Bullies Can Hit and Run

(10) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 7:08 PM

I've written before on the sad state of patent quality in our country. Today I'm writing about a beacon of hope. Earlier this week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that could greatly expand the right of the public to defend itself from bogus...

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Where Are All the Jobs Patent Reform Promised?

(18) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 2:35 PM

Last September, our esteemed leaders in Washington passed a law reforming America's patent system called the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. At the time, the promise from every politician in support of the Act was that it would create jobs. They swore that if we just passed patent reform,...

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Is Obama's Patent Reform Hurting American Small Businesses

(15) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 4:04 PM

Last September, in the midst of yet another instance of typical partisan politics in Washington where there was a complete inability for Congress and the president to get anything productive done, one significant piece of legislation did get passed. It was a bill reforming the patent laws called the America...

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The Patent Pollution Problem: Its Causes, Effects and Solutions

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 11:31 AM

America's patent system dates back to the founding of our nation when it was expressly included in the Constitution. To be sure, a patent system can provide many great benefits to society. However, patents also pose a great threat to society because the issuance of a patent makes it illegal...

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Could State Transportation Agencies Accused of Patent Infringement Use Constitution as Defense?

(2) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 10:39 AM

There has been much reporting lately of a small patent holding company named Arrivalstar accusing public transit authorities of patent infringement if they provide commuters with real time information about train, bus or subway schedules. Riders in New York, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Cleveland and other cities throughout...

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Paul Ryan, Hal Rogers (Rightfully) Oppose Proposed Patent Office Budget Bonanza

(3) Comments | Posted June 10, 2011 | 10:22 AM

In this day of trillions of dollars in national debt, should any government agency be given free reign to spend as it sees fit, without any oversight from Congress? That's exactly what Congress is on the verge of doing for the Patent Office. Thankfully some members of the House are...

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Supreme Court Signals Pending Patent Reform Is Unconstitutional

(58) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 3:05 PM

It is critical for America's success that we have a properly functioning patent system. This was well recognized by our founders, who expressly granted Congress the power to issue patents in the Constitution. If you haven't seen it lately, the Constitution grants Congress the power:

"To promote...

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House Judiciary Committee Sides With Corporations in Patent Law

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2011 | 3:01 PM

In the battle between the American public and lying corporations, Congress seems poised to side with the fat cats rather than you and me. Currently, when a company lies about its products being patented, consumers can sue them and share any fine the court imposes against the company for the...

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HIV Drug to Be Distributed Worldwide

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2011 | 11:14 AM

Good news from India this week, they've rejected a bogus attempt to patent a critical HIV drug. The Initiative for Medicines, Access & Knowledge (I-MAK), an NGO focused on increasing access to affordable medicines by making sure the patent system works correctly, reports that India denied...

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My Tax Dollars Pay for This? U.S. Commerce Secretary Threatens India as Favor to Special Interest

(3) Comments | Posted December 7, 2010 | 3:26 PM

How would you feel if a Chinese diplomat attempted to exert influence over an American court case involving a Chinese company's bogus attempt to shut down American companies from offering products to the American people? You probably wouldn't like it, and neither would I. Well, that's exactly what our Commerce...

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Supreme Court To Reign in Patents -- Again

(13) Comments | Posted December 1, 2010 | 1:24 PM

As a devout conservative, one of the things I despise the most are judicially activist courts. Unfortunately for me, my legal field is dominated by arguable one of the most judicially activist courts in the country, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC), which was bought...

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Kudlow Kowtows to Corporate Interest, Abandons Conservative Principles

(8) Comments | Posted July 15, 2010 | 11:45 AM

Nothing annoys me more than supposed conservatives in the media advocating for enhanced government intervention. Case in point, Tuesday night the self-proclaimed conservative pundit Larry Kudlow completely swallowed the pro-big-government arguments of Eli Lilly CEO John Lechleiter regarding ways to address "The Growing Innovation Gap". One of Mr....

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Gene Patent Decision Emancipates Personalized Medicine

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2010 | 8:25 AM

Earlier this week, in response to a case we at PUBPAT brought along with the ACLU last year, a New York Federal Court invalidated patents on two genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer. The ruling breaks Myriad Genetics' monopoly over testing of genes that increase...

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Don't Protect Patent Lying

(7) Comments | Posted March 29, 2010 | 8:30 AM

Earlier this month, a group of senators led by Democrat Patrick Leahy launched a surreptitious attempt to permit patent lying. Undoubtedly under pressure from their corporate donors, these Senators (Leahy, Sessions, Schumer, Hatch, Kyl and Kaufman, to be exact) proposed overturning a 150-year-old law that allows private citizens to pursue...

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