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Top Innovators and Main St. Businesses Welcome Announcement of PTO Director

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

August 28th, 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.


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

August 7th, 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.


The PTO’s § 101 Summary Report

August 3rd, 2017

One of the most important developments over the past few years is the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank – a decision that articulated a distinction between patent-eligible inventions, and patent-ineligible abstract ideas. The Alice decision has enabled many companies, including small businesses, to defend themselves from baseless patent infringement lawsuits based on patents on abstract ideas.


Joint Letter from 86 Businesses Expressing Support for Congressional Patent Reforms Including IPR

July 25th, 2017

The undersigned write this letter to express serious concerns about S. 1390, the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017, which will not only undermine vital congressional reforms that American businesses have relied on to fight back against frivolous, abusive patent litigation, but also embolden litigation abusers and significantly worsen the ability of American companies of all sizes to grow, innovate, and create jobs.


Bad Patents Are Fueling Meritless Patent Troll Litigation

July 13th, 2017

Patent trolls continue to use the most vague, poor quality patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that almost certainly should never have been granted by PTO as the basis for nearly all of the lawsuits they file. The United for Patent Reform coalition applauded today’s hearing by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property, which scrutinized the types of patents that fuels most troll lawsuits.


One Thing You Don't Need Is Stronger Patents

July 6th, 2017

There are lots of patents floating around that don’t represent bona fide inventions. The office that evaluates patent applications is overwhelmed, and doesn’t really have a mechanism to conclusively reject low-quality applications. As a result, clever and persistent lawyers can wrangle patents for long-established technologies like GPS tracking and scanning and emailing documents, without adding innovative ideas.



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