Does DOJ's Rebranding Of Patent Policy Letter Hint At More?

By Matthew Perlman (May 5, 2021, 5:13 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice recently set the antitrust community buzzing about a possible shift in patent policy when it reclassified a business review letter for a technology standards organization as a piece of advocacy, rather than listing it as formal guidance.

The seemingly mundane bureaucratic move raised questions both about the new administration's approach to patent policy and the tactics the previous administration used to push its views.

The DOJ has confirmed to Law360 that a supplement issued in September for a business review letter evaluating the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.'s patent policy should be considered an...

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