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Patent trolls are threatening businesses, jobs and innovation.

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“We are big advocates of patent reform, both as a troll victim and as a patent holder.”
-Chris Zenthoefer, ICEdot

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It matters to me.

It matters to us.

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.

  • Patent Law Abuse : More Than Just a Joke on Late-Night TV

    May 20, 2016

    Patent law abuse is the subject of humor on late-night TV. But it is also the subject of very serious debate on Capitol Hill. In fact, Congress has worked for years to bring patent trolls under control. A bill passed in 2011 failed to stop the trolls, and another measure that passed the House in 2013 was blocked by trial lawyers in the Senate. But supporters are still trying, and both House and Senate committees approved new legislation last summer. In the meantime, the problem continues to grow – the 7,500 patent disputes seen last year was the highest number on record, and two-thirds came from patent trolls.

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  • An Open Letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley: Don’t Give Up on Venue Reform

    May 20, 2016

    Dear Sen. Chuck Grassley, I work at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), an organization that fights for digital rights in the U.S. and abroad. Like you, my colleagues and I are deeply concerned about the U.S. patent system and the strain that patent trolls impose on American businesses. We think that as a respected senior senator and chair of the Judiciary Committee, you’re perfectly positioned to bring comprehensive change in the remaining months of this congressional session.

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  • Senator McConnell, don't ignore Kentucky's small businesses

    May 17, 2016

    Those who follow Congress are rarely optimistic about what changes the legislative branch can make in an election year. However, this year could be different because of one issue that has historically attracted high levels of bipartisan support: patent reform. The Innovation Act, a patent reform bill, passed the previous Congress by a bipartisan 325-91 majority. Now, Congress has the opportunity to act on a bill that would crack down on patent trolls and put an end to venue abuse. As this year brings yet another prospect for attaining comprehensive patent reform, the leadership of Senate Majority Leader McConnell will be crucial to bring this important legislation closer to a vote and ultimately protect small businesses and the citizens they employ.

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  • Broad coalition supports bill to curtail forum shopping in patent litigation

    May 11, 2016

    On behalf of the undersigned civil-society and public-interest organizations, we write to express strong support for S.2733, the Venue Equity and Non-Uniformity Elimination (VENUE) Act of 2016, sponsored by Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Mike Lee, R-Utah. Preventing gamesmanship in litigation through choice of court, while not a comprehensive fix to problems within the patent system, would go a long way toward stopping a longstanding abusive practice that harms legitimate innovators, the economy, and the public.

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