This week we hear more about the positive effects of the Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters Act, or TROL Act. This bill is one step in the right direction towards smart patent reform. The TROL Act would put restrictions on the "demand letters" companies send threatening patent infringement lawsuits.
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 11:23
The Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters Act (TROL Act) is a bill crafted by the House Energy and Commerce Committee aimed at stopping abusive patent demand practices. We support the approach taken in the TROL Act because we believe this is a balanced solution that punishes bad actors while preserving the ability of legitimate patent holders to protect their property rights.
Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 14:55
Last week the National Journal reported that President Obama is poised to name Phil Johnson as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Former Acting Director of the USPTO and Commissioner for Patents says, “Phil is very knowledgeable, fair and willing to listen to opposing views. He is certainly a well qualified candidate and in my view an excellent choice.”
Friday, June 13, 2014 - 16:37
With patent legislation reform off the table for the moment, there is now time to address the real problems with the proposed bill. It is our hope that Senate Judiciary Chairman Leahy’s decision to delay patent reform legislation serves as an opportunity to take a step back, and look at the unintended consequences of current propositions.
This week’s roundup includes articles from IP Watchdog, Inside Counsel, and Roll Call. David Kappos contributed to Forbes as a guest author in a post that highlights the patent system’s effect on the American economy.
Monday, June 9, 2014 - 15:43
If it’s consistency you seek, the people and companies promoting patent reform have certainly delivered. They have an uncanny ability to identify the “bad guy” and play out that storyline whether it’s based in fact or not. Since the latest efforts at patent reform were put on hold a couple of weeks ago, we have learned of two potential sources of villainy: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and those pesky Trial Lawyers (so easy to hate).
Monday, May 26, 2014 - 16:52
Last week saw a step in the right direction as Senate Judiciary Chairman Leahy (D-VT) delayed patent legislation once again. We have repeatedly stated that this bill needs more time and careful consideration, and it’s starting to look like that is being recognized in Washington.
This week’s roundup includes articles from high profile news outlets such as Slate and Re/code, as well as a statement from a group of American inventors regarding Leahy's decision to delay patent legislation.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 17:34
Big victory today as Senate Judiciary Chairman Leahy (D-VT) delayed patent legislation once again. As we have said in the past, we don't believe that this bill is being given the time and consideration it deserves.
We are hopeful that Congress recognizes that we need more time to craft a bill that will help American innovators while reducing unnecessary patent litigation. A statement was released from Edison Nation, USIJ and Entrepreneurs for Growth supporting the decision.
Read the full statement below:
Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 14:27
More advocacy organizations and additional trade groups continue their lobbying effort approaching the proposed markup date, and previously unheard groups are finally speaking out.
A group consisting of over 200 universities, startups and other companies sent a letter on Tuesday, 4/29 warning of the potential consequences that will result from changes that they say “go far beyond what is necessary or desirable to combat abusive patent litigation.”