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Obama Administration Embraces Corporate Lobbyists on IP Issues in Geneva

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| Today IP-Watch has an amazing story of an Obama administration trip to Geneva 
| to discuss intellectual property issues. Apparently the USPTO organized the 
| trip, which included several Obama officials, plus these congressional 
| staff...   


How Reporters Contribute To Misconceptions About Patent Lawsuits

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| Joe Mullin has another fantastic post, discussing how way too many reporters, 
| in covering patent disputes, mislead the public into thinking that the patent 
| holder is accusing another company of copying its invention. The truth is 
| that it's very, very rare for a patent infringement lawsuit to actually 
| involve a company that copied (or, as the patent system supporters would 
| falsely claim, "stole") someone else's invention. Usually, it's about 
| companies coming up with a similar offering independently.       



Obama names Doerr, Phillips to economic board

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| Two Silicon Valley leaders have been appointed by President Obama to a
| 16-person committee that's charged with offering economic advice during what
| has become an unusually sharp and deep recession.
| John Doerr, the billionaire venture capitalist at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield
| & Byers, is one. Doerr was involved in funding companies including Google,
| Amazon.com, Sun Microsystems, and Cypress Semiconductor; he currently serves
| on the board of companies including Amazon and Google and has recently turned
| his attention to green tech.
| Charles Phillips, the president of Oracle, is another. Phillips became
| president in May 2003 and previously was with Morgan Stanley's Institutional
| Securities Division. He's a Linux aficionado and said in 2005: "On demand is
| the future of software for many years to come and we are building it on
| Linux."


Why Obama Should Change US Trade Policy On Intellectual Property

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| That's why it's good to see Ed Black, president and CEO of the Computer &
| Communications Industry Association, writing up an opinion piece for the San
| Jose Mercury News explaining to President-elect Obama why US trade policy
| concerning IP needs to change. First, he worries about the widespread reports
| that Obama has chosen Xavier Becerra to be the new US Trade Representative.
| In the past, the US Trade Rep has basically acted as a representative of
| Hollywood at times, and Becerra may be no different... as he's literally the
| Congressional rep for California's 31st district... which (you guessed it)
| covers Hollywood. Uh oh. That would be like making a Congressional rep from
| Detroit in charge of automotive policy in the US. They're less likely to have
| the nation's overall best interests in mind.

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