United for Patent Reform is a broad coalition of diverse American businesses, small and large – from national construction companies, automobile manufacturers, and technology businesses to Main Street retail shops, REALTORS®, hotels, grocers, convenience stores, and restaurants – that have come together to advocate for a comprehensive solution to abuses of our current patent system.
Abusive patent litigation has been used by non-practicing entities (NPEs), often called “patent trolls,” to threaten and shake down American businesses of all sizes and across all sectors of the economy. Anyone that uses software in commerce is a vulnerable target for NPEs that buy up low-quality patents for the purpose of extracting “hold up” settlements. The high level of NPE litigation places a crushing burden on U.S. businesses and diverts funds from job creation and R&D.
President, Capstone Photography in Connecticut
Capstone Photography, was sued for infringement of three vague and overly broad patents relating to how event photos are posted online for searching, viewing and purchase. Without even a single line item in our budget for legal defense, we spent $100,000 to defend against the suit.” Click here to read more about the progress we need to preserve in protecting our mainstreet and small businesses.
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President, Mr. Jim's Pizza
NPEs have sued Mr. Jim’s Pizza, along with 50 other pizza shops for adding a location finder to their website and photographers for uploading their own work for sale. Click here to read more about how mainstreet and small businesses have been bullied by patent trolls.
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Founder & CEO, LifeLine Response
Startups developing and patenting their own technology are forced to cut jobs or shut down when targeted by NPEs. That is not surprising since it can cost a small company half a million dollars to defend itself in patent litigation, also taking a large toll on innovation. Click here to read more about the harm to startups.
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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?”
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.
September 10, 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.
September 9, 2019
27 university professors have sent a letter to Congress opposing the STRONGER Patents Act of 2019.