The University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB or UT Permian Basin), now in its 50th year of operation, is the only four-year university in the area and provides the Permian Basin and beyond with qualified graduates and significant economic stimuli. The University serves a diverse student population and provides important cultural and professional resources for students, staff, and the surrounding community. The University prides itself on "thinking large and living local," which has direct economic and societal implications for the local graduates and the surrounding area.
The Potential Economic Costs to the US Government of Discretionary Denial of Inter Partes Review Based on Criteria such as the NHK‑Fintiv RulesReport Published on August 25, 2023
Recently proposed rulemaking and legislation would increase discretionary denial of institution of inter partes review (IPR) matters based on the criteria set forth in the Apple, Inc. v Fintiv, Inc. (Fintiv) matter and similar provisions. The Fintiv guidelines and related restrictions can make it difficult for claims to be fully considered even in cases where there is a substantial probability of success for the petitioner. If the proposed guidelines were implemented, the result would be a reduction in IPR proceedings even for cases that are otherwise meritorious. As a consequence, the economic efficiency benefits associated with the IPR process would be substantially diminished.
The Potential Economic Benefits of Recent Reductions in Discretionary Denial of Inter Partes Review Based on Criteria such as the NHK‑Fintiv RulesReport Published on June 01, 2023
In recent years, there has been an increase in discretionary denial of institution of inter partes review (IPR) based on the criteria set forth in the Apple, Inc. v Fintiv, Inc. (Fintiv) matter. These guidelines made it difficult for claims to be fully considered even in cases where there was a substantial probability of success for the petitioner, resulting in a reduction in IPR proceedings and related economic efficiency benefits. Subsequent guidance from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) clarified the appropriate application of Fintiv rules, resulting in a reduction of discretionary denials and positive implications for efficiency and the economy.
Economic Benefits of Tort Reform: An assessment of excessive US tort costs and potential economic benefits of reformReport Published on February 01, 2022
The civil justice system is a crucial institutional framework in America. When working properly, the system provides a fair and equitable forum for the resolution of disputes among parties, appropriately compensating those that have legitimately been harmed. Additionally, it acts as an effective deterrent to undesirable behavior. As part of this framework, tort litigation can be highly beneficial to society in terms of promoting equal and impartial justice as well as establishing part of the critical context in which economic activity can prosper.
Accurate Census counts are far more than just a matter of interest. They are important to ensuring adequate federal funding for various programs and appropriate representation in Congress. In addition, the Census is crucial to understanding population and demographic trends in order to plan for the future.
An Assessment of the Potential Impact of Expanding Inter Partes Review (IPR) Under the America Invents Act on the US EconomyReport Published on September 23, 2021
Innovation has long been recognized as the key factor supporting US economic growth and competitiveness. A critical element of the infrastructure facilitating product development and commercialization is the system that protects intellectual property and encourages its widespread adoption and implementation. The current framework that facilitates this process includes the LeahySmith America Invents Act (AIA) and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The AIA and PTAB reduce the need for and cost of patent litigation, reducing transaction costs and generating substantial economic benefits. Potential expansion of the AIA to further enhance its applicability could lead to notable additional gains.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the number of Texans seeking food bank assistance has risen 200%. This dramatic increase in food insecurity has caused immeasurable stress and suffering, eroding the health and wellbeing of people across the state. In the midst of this greatly increased need for help, the surplus agricultural products grant, a key aspect of food bank support, has been drastically cut. If this reduction remains in place, the opportunity to acquire almost 20 million pounds of healthy local produce will be lost. Hunger involves quantifiable economic costs in the form of increased health care and social service needs, inferior educational outcomes, and lost productivity. The Perryman Group estimates that cutting the surplus agricultural products grant would cost the state economy hundreds of millions of dollars over time, with economic harms spreading across the entire economy. Because economic activity generates taxes, the cut would also lead to reductions in State and local taxes. State costs for health care and education would also rise due to the effects of hunger.
It Just Makes Sense: Economic and Fiscal Benefits to Texas of Accessing Additional Federal Funds for Health Insurance ExpansionReport Published on December 14, 2020
Texas is one of only 12 states that have not yet chosen to expand health insurance coverage to low-income adults using the financially attractive mechanism created with passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010. In addition to enhancing the health and wellbeing of individuals directly affected, expanding health insurance coverage involves substantial economic and fiscal benefits.
Emergency Services Districts (ESDs) are local political subdivisions of the State of Texas that may provide fire, rescue, emergency medical services, and other emergency services. ESDs are designed to ensure adequate and stable funding for local emergency services, and in Texas, there are currently 334 ESDs in 94 counties with new districts formed every year.
An Assessment of the Impact of Covered Business Methods Proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on the US EconomyReport Published on September 16, 2020
The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) are crucial aspects of the US system of intellectual property protection. The AIA and PTAB reduce the need for patent litigation, reducing costs and generating substantial economic benefits. One type of patent which has been protected involves covered business methods (CBM). CBM patents deal with methods or corresponding apparatus for performing data processing or other operations used in the practice, administration, or management of a financial product or service. (Technological inventions are excluded from CBM.)