Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 02:36

Several Members of Congress propose stay provisions as part of patent litigation legislation. These stay proposals direct courts to stay judicial proceedings against vendors, manufacturers, and end-users of a product when a retailer or manufacturer farther “upstream” in the distribution chain of the product or component that is covered by the patent is a party in the infringement suit.

Stay proposals aim to spare “innocent” end-users from patent litigation suits and promote the efficient resolution of infringement cases by placing the burden of litigation on “manufacturers.” However, current stay proposals raise numerous negative consequences, without promoting judicial fairness and efficiency. These proposals are drafted too broadly, invite abuse by infringers who want to limit their damages, prevent patent holders from obtaining relief in court, and actually increase patent litigation.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 02:35

The Innovation Alliance, a coalition of R&D-based technology companies, supports measures to improve patent quality and curb excessive litigation costs for all users of the patent system. Certain reform proposals recently circulated by the White House and in Congress, however, would unfairly diminish the value and enforceability of patents. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 02:35

The U.S. General Accountability Office calls into serious question whether there is a NPE patent litigation problem and, accordingly, whether broad new legislation constraining the activities of NPEs is necessary. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 02:34

A strong patent system is the backbone of American competitiveness in the global economy. The U.S.’s intellectual property portfolio is estimated to be worth approximately $5.5 trillion, and royalties and license fees account for a trade surplus of around $80 billion.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 02:33

A prominent appeals judge warned today that lawmakers should stay out of further patent reform.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 02:33

At a conference hosted by the Innovation Alliance in September in Washington D.C., Federal Circuit Court Judge Kathleen O'Malley warned the audience that she believes certain patent proposals would interfere with the role of independent judiciary in patent cases.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 02:32

This article in Forbes does a great job of providing historical context for the U.S. patent system (and yes, the Founders did take a British concept and make it better).

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 03:18

There’s an idea looming in Congress and it threatens the core of our economy: small businesses. The biggest thing our country has is technology and the skills, knowhow, excitement and innovation to create something new. One idea puts that all in jeopardy.