The first of three hearings on patent eligibility reform is now underway; Q. Todd Dickinson, former USPTO Director and Senior Partner at Polsinelli, was one of the first to testify, and in part emphasized to the Senate IP Subcommittee that the courts have shirked their duty to address this issue, so Congress must. Dickinson provided the Subcommittee a list of the 42 cases that have been denied cert by the Supreme Court since Alice and said that the current situation”encourages picking winners and losers” and actually pushes companies and inventors towards trade secrets.

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