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New USPTO Director Holds Key to American Innovation

Patent Trolls Target Small Businesses With Lawsuit Threats. Here's How One Startup Fought Back

February 22nd, 2018

Patent trolls are back, and now they're targeting small businesses. But if one comes after you, don't panic. And don't be in a hurry to pay.


New USPTO Director Holds Key to American Innovation

February 21st, 2018

There has been a lot going on in Washington lately, so you could be forgiven if you did not notice the recent confirmation of the next director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Andrei Iancu. However, this is bigger news than many may think: The next leader of the PTO will have the opportunity to strengthen patent quality and combat frivolous and abusive patent litigation. This has substantial implications for American small-business creation, economic growth, job creation and innovation that will be felt throughout our economy for years to come.


UFPR Letter to Director Iancu

February 9th, 2018

UFPR looks forward to working with Director Iancu on issues of importance to promote patent quality and innovation, particularly the Inter Partes Review process. Upon Director Iancu taking office, UFPR sent him a letter congratulating him and restating the importance of strong and effective policies like IPR.


UFPR Urges New PTO Director to Maintain Strong, Effective IPR Program

February 6th, 2018

The United for Patent Reform coalition and its hundreds of trade association, corporate and individual small business members, who together own thousands of patents, welcomed the confirmation of Andrei Iancu to be the next Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). As head of the USPTO, Mr. Iancu, a widely-respected patent litigator, will have the opportunity to champion strong and effective policies that support patent quality, job creation, innovation, and economic growth for all American businesses.


The Supreme Court's Blockbuster Patent Case: What You Need to Know

November 27th, 2017

The Supreme Court has heard some big intellectual property cases in recent years, but nothing like this. On Monday, the court is hearing a constitutional challenge that could topple a major pillar of the current patent system, and send economic ripples through the tech and retail sectors.


Patent ‘Trolls’ Recede as Threat to Innovation. Will Justices Change That?

November 21st, 2017

In the five years since it began its work — a result of the America Invents Act of 2011 — the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has saved companies more than $2 billion in legal fees alone, according to Joshua Landau, patent counsel at the Computer and Communications Industry Association, offering an expeditious and relatively cheap avenue to challenge patents of doubtful validity.

The benefits of stopping bad patents from snaking their way through the economy have been even greater.



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