• A draft of this particular paper has been floating around for months, but two economics professors from the St. Louis Federal Reserve, Michele Boldrin and David K Levine, have finally published their paper titled “The Case Against Patents” in the winter 2013 issue of the Journal of Economic Perspectives
  • At the Brookings Institution, Senior Researcher Jonathan Rothwell provides a rebuttal to Boldrin and Levine’s paper – stressing that patents and the patent system should be fixed, not abolished.
  • Late last week, President Obama nominated two government attorneys to serve on the Federal Circuit.  The nominees are: Raymond T. Chen, the Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor; and Todd M. Hughes, Deputy Director of the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Civil Division at the United States Department of Justice.  More from ArsTechnica, or just read the White House press release.
  • Following up on the CLS Bank v. Alice en banc oral argument, Dennis Crouch at Patently-O examines whether the presumption of validity applies to questions of patent eligibility under Section 101.  (Patently-O)