EFF: New Low for a Bad Patent: Patent Troll Sues Ventilator Company

May 20th, 2020

Shell company Swirlate IP is only the latest in a string of abusive patent trolls seeking to capitalize on the impacts of COVID-19 and perpetuate the plight of small businesses in the current economic climate.

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While the Economy Slows, Abusive Patent Litigation Is On the Rise

May 19th, 2020

Abby Rives, IP counsel at Engine, explores how the lagging economy is proving to be no hindrance for abusive patent litigation as some in Congress persist in their attempts to unwind balanced policies like inter partes review.

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UFPR to Congress: Ensure PTO Prioritizes Patent Quality by Maintaining a Balanced and Effective IPR

October 30th, 2019

Stephanie Martz and Paul Redifer, co-chairs of United For Patent Reform sent a letter to Thom Tillis, Chris Coons, Lindsey Graham, and Dianne Feinstein ahead of today's hearing on patent quality: “Promoting the Useful Arts: How can Congress prevent the issuance of poor quality patents?”

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STRONGER Patents Act ignores real problems with patent mistakes

September 13th, 2019

This past Wednesday, North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis and Delaware Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on “how to make our patent system stronger.” This issue affects everyone, and in particular the drug prices we pay. So, it’s disappointing that the senators did not address an obvious point: For the patent system to be strong, patents must be correct, not riddled with errors. Otherwise, this causes serious problems.

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More than 80 American Businesses Send Letter to Senate Judiciary Opposing STRONGER Patents Act 2019

September 10th, 2019

More than 80 American businesses, from Main Street to manufacturers, sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee opposing the STRONGER Patents Act of 2019.

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27 University Professors Send Letter to Congress Opposing STRONGER Patents Act of 2019

September 9th, 2019

27 university professors have sent a letter to Congress opposing the STRONGER Patents Act of 2019.

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  • EFF: New Low for a Bad Patent: Patent Troll Sues Ventilator Company

    May 20, 2020

    Shell company Swirlate IP is only the latest in a string of abusive patent trolls seeking to capitalize on the impacts of COVID-19 and perpetuate the plight of small businesses in the current economic climate.

    Read More +

  • While the Economy Slows, Abusive Patent Litigation Is On the Rise

    May 19, 2020

    Abby Rives, IP counsel at Engine, explores how the lagging economy is proving to be no hindrance for abusive patent litigation as some in Congress persist in their attempts to unwind balanced policies like inter partes review.

    Read More +

  • UFPR to Congress: Ensure PTO Prioritizes Patent Quality by Maintaining a Balanced and Effective IPR

    October 30, 2019

    Stephanie Martz and Paul Redifer, co-chairs of United For Patent Reform sent a letter to Thom Tillis, Chris Coons, Lindsey Graham, and Dianne Feinstein ahead of today's hearing on patent quality: “Promoting the Useful Arts: How can Congress prevent the issuance of poor quality patents?”

    Read More +

  • STRONGER Patents Act ignores real problems with patent mistakes

    September 13, 2019

    This past Wednesday, North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis and Delaware Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on “how to make our patent system stronger.” This issue affects everyone, and in particular the drug prices we pay. So, it’s disappointing that the senators did not address an obvious point: For the patent system to be strong, patents must be correct, not riddled with errors. Otherwise, this causes serious problems.

    Read More +

  • "In fact, lawsuits by patent trolls are up this year—20% higher than in last year, and 30% higher than 2018. By the… https://t.co/11esGsPKG7

  • The challenges small businesses are facing in light of COVID-19 are distinct from the abuse they suffer at the hand… https://t.co/JrBCO7v5rr

  • The lagging economy is proving to be no hindrance for abusive patent litigation, as "Unfortunately, some in Congres… https://t.co/YFZRl0iT9Y

  • According to RPX Corp., 34 of the 48 patent suits filed Friday were filed by #patenttrolls. That's 71%. It's time to #FixPatents

  • "The [PTAB]'s inter partes review institution rate has dropped every year since the launch of IPRs." Check out the… https://t.co/WPSE4sZBR0

  • @USPTO Director promised to focus on enhancing and improving patent quality, but the Office’s Adjusting to Alice re… https://t.co/yaCQN3aZQa

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