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American businesses large and small across many industries are being held hostage by patent trolls. This must change. 

  • National Restaurant Association
  • Google Inc.
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • Adobe Systems
  • SAS
  • Salesforce.com Inc.
  • Verizon Communications Inc.
  • Macy's
  • National Association of Convenience Stores
  • JCPenney
  • Intuit
  • Food Marketing Institute
  • Facebook
  • Amazon
  • National Retail Federation
  • Cisco Systems
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Coalition for Patent Fairness
  • Retail Industry Leaders Association
  • National Association of Realtors
  • National Council of Chain Restaurants
  • NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association
  • R Street Institute
  • American Gaming Association
  • Apps Alliance
  • Computer & Communications Industry Association
  • Dillard’s
  • Listrak
  • Texas Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Software and Information Industry Association
  • Rackspace
  • Internet Association
  • HTC America, Inc.
  • American Apparel & Footwear Association
  • Engine Advocacy
  • MPA - The Association of Magazine Media
  • Newspaper Association of America
  • Sabre
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
  • Tyco International
  • Vizio
  • Global Automakers Association
  • Rhode Island Hospitality Association
  • Independent Bankers Association of Texas
  • General Motors
  • Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
  • Culver's
  • The Latino Coalition
  • Consumer Electronics Association
  • Small Business Majority
  • National Grocers Association
  • Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Home Builders Association of Michigan
  • California Technology Council
  • U.S. Travel Association
  • American Public Power Association
  • Yum! Brands, Inc.
  • Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
  • South County Tourism Council
  • American Association of Advertising Agencies: 4A's
  • Birch Studio
  • California Retailers Association
  • Callware Technologies
  • California Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce
  • GeLo, Inc.
  • QVC, Inc.
  • My Fab 5
  • Retailers Association of Nevada
  • Walmart
  • Blueprint RF
  • Motor Transport Association of Connecticut
  • Electronic Transaction Association
  • NetApp, Inc.
  • Competitive Carriers Association
  • Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association
  • Connecticut Energy Marketers Association
  • Goby LLC
  • Heirloom Food Company
  • Homes Eyewear
  • Insurance Association of Connecticut
  • Irvine Chamber of Commerce
  • Liquid Web Inc.
  • Southeastern Employment Services
  • Capstone Photography
  • Carlson Wagonlit Travel
  • Carlson
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association
  • Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
  • New York Association of Convenience Stores
  • Reno-Sparks-Northern Nevada Chamber
  • Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Coalition
  • Rhode Island Food Dealers Association
  • Digital Signage Federation
  • National Association of Broadcasters
  • National Cable & Telecommunications Association
  • Best Buy
  • Connecticut Retail Merchants Association
  • Ohio Grocers Association
  • Dropbox
  • M-1 Studios LLC
  • Ford
  • Demand Progress
  • HR Smart
  • Sprint
  • Utah Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Virginia Retail Federation
  • American Trucking Associations
  • Home Builders Association of Iowa
  • Chozick Realty
  • Foursquare
  • Round Rock Chamber of Commerce
  • Texas Association of Builders
  • American Society of Travel Agents
  • Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
  • BrandsMart U.S.A.
  • Building Industry Association of Washington
  • California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns
  • California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse
  • California Travel Association
  • Collage
  • Connecticut Veterans Chamber of Commerce
  • Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Home Shopping Network
  • International Franchise Association
  • iZi Survey LLC
  • Kickstarter
  • Lunatech
  • Masergy Communications Inc.
  • Mobile Comply
  • Mobile Technology Association of Michigan
  • Motorola Solutions
  • Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce
  • Ohio Council of Retail Merchants
  • Rebel Real Estate
  • SailPoint Technologies Inc.
  • Seagate Inc.
  • Security Industry Association
  • Texas Communications
  • Xanté
  • Alabama Grocers Association
  • Printing Industries of America
  • Pegasystems Inc.

It matters to them.

The chorus of those calling for reform has grown louder and clearer. 

  • Jim Johnson

    President, Mr. Jim's Pizza

    "We were sued alongside 50 others in the restaurant industry for allegedly violating a patent that relates to online search engines featuring our store information on a map."

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  • Matthew R. Shay

    President & CEO, National Retail Federation

    “Instead of creating new jobs and investing in new technologies, businesses large and small across many industries...continue to be forced to divert scarce resources to fighting frivolous lawsuits and overly broad claims made by Patent Assertion Entities, or ‘patent trolls’.”

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  • Michael Skelps

    President, Capstone Photography in Connecticut

    "My company, Capstone Photography, was sued for the infringement of three vague and overly broad patents relating to how event photos are posted online for searching, viewing and purchase...Our small business, without even a single line item in our budget for legal defense, spent $100,000 to defend against the suit."

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  • Julie Samuels

    President of Engine

    “The freedom to innovate has always been a central part of the American dream. For the sake of our economy and our identity, we must not let innovation become a legal liability. A patent should be valued for what it covers and how it incentivizes innovation, not for its litigation value. The PATENT Act would go a long way to making that the case.”

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  • Chris Zenthoefer

    Founder & CEO, ICEdot

    "I am a big advocate of patent reform, not only as a victim of a patent troll but also as a patent holder. We at ICEdot value our patent and are very proud of the work that we’ve done to earn it, but nevertheless believe more can – and should – be done to level the playing field so that small inventors have a fair shot at a defense and don’t have to risk bankruptcy to fight against a frivolous claim."

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  • Peter Cahill

    Founder & CEO, LifeLine Response

    "LifeLine Response is the missing tier in the 911 infrastructure, providing an innovative solution to a problem that every carrier in the U.S. could not solve. Unfortunately, my ability to deliver life-saving technology to consumers is under threat. Along with more than 40 other public safety companies, I was sued by 911 Notify, a notorious patent troll."

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In the news.

  • A Look Forward on Patent Reform

    October 3, 2017

    Our nation’s patent system has been in need of serious reform for many years. So-called “patent trolls” — entities that don’t actually make or sell anything but that instead buy patent licenses merely to extort settlements — have become a serious drain on our economy. According to one study, patent trolls and their frivolous lawsuits cost our country nearly $80 billion per year.

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  • IPR Successes: Realtors Association Defends Its Members Using IPR

    September 29, 2017

    When you buy a house, it’s nice to know where the local schools are, where the closest park is, where a nearby grocery is. So realtors commonly embed tools on their websites to show you a map of these “points of interest” in the area around a house for sale. Unsurprisingly, using technology leads to non-practicing entities suing the realtors. In this case, a pair of Texas-based realtors.

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  • America’s Top Innovators and Main Street Businesses Welcome Announcement of New PTO Director

    August 28, 2017

    The industry trade associations, hundreds of small and medium-sized businesses, and innovative companies who hold thousands of patents, welcomed the news that the White House has chosen a new Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Andrei Iancu, a widely-respected patent litigator, has been chosen to fill this important role.

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  • EFF Wins Court Ruling Upholding Invalidation of Bad Patent That Threatened Podcasters

    August 7, 2017

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) won a court ruling today affirming that an infamous podcasting patent used by a patent troll to threaten podcasters big and small was properly held invalid by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). A unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will, for now, keep podcasting safe from this patent.

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  • Of the 26 patent suits filed on Friday, 15 were filed by patent trolls -- that's 58%. It's time to #FixPatents

  • Flawed analysis of statistics led to an FT article claiming “patent trolls are an overblown issue.” Why it’s wrong: https://t.co/Zh20LuJYi4

  • Many have succeeded because of #IPR over the last 5 years. Here’s what could happen in the next 5 years: https://t.co/4vunw8eY8z

  • Mytheos Holt writes for @amspectator, “They tell you #patentreform will hurt job growth. The opposite is true.” https://t.co/3PtXmqhaes

  • “According to one study, patent trolls and their frivolous lawsuits cost our country nearly $80 billion per year.” https://t.co/6XQ8WNgZKD

  • RT @PatentJosh: You may have seen a Financial Times article calling the “troll narrative” a myth. Unfortunately, the FT article is fundame…

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