Washington, D.C., partner and co-chair of the Intellectual Property Group Bob Stoll was one of six experts quoted in the IPWatchdog article “Reflections on World IP Day: Where We’ve Been and What’s to Come.”
In celebration of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO’s) World IP Day on April 26, the experts weighed in on how far we’ve come in the world of IP and what the future holds. This year’s theme, “Reach for Gold: IP and Sports,” underscores how IP spreads across industries and creates consumer experiences.
While IP issues have become front-page news over the past 20 years, says Bob, the attention has created pain for some of our emerging technologies, such as unforeseen limitations in patent subject-matter eligibility created by the courts. But, he adds, we are developing a more level playing field at the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board. “We are developing case law surrounding fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing. We have better defined fair use. And we have ongoing discussions on the Hill about patent subject matter eligibility.” All this leads Bob to find good reason to believe that “going forward into the next two decades we will improve the system to drive innovation further and create more jobs and economic growth.”