Prominent Critic Of Patent System To Join The White House

Jeff John Roberts | GigaOM | September 13, 2013

Summary: Santa Clara law professor Colleen Chien, who has published research that questions the economic justification for patent trolling, will advise the Obama Administration’s Chief Technology Officer.

In a fresh sign that the Obama Administration may be getting serious about patent reform, the White House is bringing on professor Colleen Chien, whose research is shedding light on controversial practice of patent trolling, to advise its chief technology officer:

“In her new role, she will advise [Todd] Park on issues related to intellectual property and innovation, as well as privacy, open government, and civil liberties. She will help ensure that OSTP can fulfill its missions to coordinate science and technology policy across the executive branch and to provide advice to the president on science and technology policy matters,” according to a release from Santa Clara University, where Chien teaches.