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Patent trolls are threatening businesses, jobs and innovation.

 

 

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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

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.

  • What The New Administration Should Be Doing With Patents

    January 13, 2017

    It’s 2017, there’s a new Congress and a new administration. What should they be doing with respect to patents? It seems likely that with the big changeover, patents might not get a lot of attention in the first half of the year. Still, there are some things the new government can do, or not do, going forward.

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  • Victory: Gust Wins Crowdfunding Patent Infringement Case Against AlphaCap Ventures

    December 20, 2016

    Two Year Patent Troll Case Ends in Triumph as Gust Refuses to Settle in “Giant Win” for Crowdfunding Industry. Gust, the “world’s largest community of entrepreneurs and early-stage investors”, has won a huge victory in court that impacts the entire crowdfunding industry. Today Gust announced the end of a two-year court case originally brought against it by the patent assertion entity AlphaCap Ventures.

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  • OPINION: Patent Quality Is Here To Stay

    December 19, 2016

    When I stepped into the role as head of the United States Patent and Trademark Office a couple of years ago, one of the things I frequently told audiences of stakeholders around the country was that I looked forward to working together to further strengthen our patent system. And that effort had to include a harder look at the issue of patent quality.

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  • NAR, realtor.com Score Industry Win Against Patent Troll

    December 6, 2016

    The real estate industry achieved an important victory last Friday on a patent-infringement case — one that stretches back more than a decade — when U.S. District Judge George King in California ruled the patent invalid.The patent involves the use of a computer to display a database of real estate listings on a map and to zoom in on listings. The so-called ‘989 patent was granted in 1991 and has since expired, but the patent holder, Real Estate Alliance Ltd. (REAL), claims it is owed millions in licensing fees from past use by real estate agents, brokers, MLSs, and MLS vendors.

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