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

United for Patent Reform Letter to The Honorable Chuck Grassley and The Honorable Dianne Feinstein

November 1st, 2017

In advance of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s consideration of Andrei Iancu to be Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the undersigned write to emphasize our support for policies to improve patent quality that combat frivolous and abusive patent litigation, particularly the USPTO’s Inter Partes Review (IPR) program.


A Look Forward on Patent Reform

October 3rd, 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.


IPR Successes: Realtors Association Defends Its Members Using IPR

September 29th, 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.


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.



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