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American businesses – small and large – face abusive patent litigation and rely on important tools to challenge the low-quality patents that fuel the abuse.

For more information email contact@unitedforpatentreform.com.

Who We Are

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.

 

What We Stand For

  • Improved patent quality, so that businesses don’t waste precious resources fighting patents that should have never issued, and valid patents protect real innovation.
  • Better tools for weeding out bad patents, so that businesses can fight back instead of settling.
  • Solutions that eliminate or minimize practices that support abusive litigation like misleading demand letters, vague pleadings, excessive discovery, and suits against end users.

 

The Threat

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.

  • 80% – Percentage of patent suits filed against small- and medium-sized companies (SMEs) by NPEs. (RPX 2018 Litigation Report)
     
  • 53.3% – Percentage of litigation cases brought by NPEs. (RPX 2018 Litigation Report)
     
  • $1.75 million – Cost of the average in-court patent defense case paid by a small- or medium-sized company, which can be more than these businesses earn in an entire year. (Colleen V. Chien, Santa Clara University School of Law Startups and Patent Trolls)
  • National Restaurant Association
  • Google Inc.
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • Adobe Systems
  • SAS
  • Salesforce.com Inc.
  • Verizon Communications Inc.
  • Macy's
  • National Association of Convenience Stores
  • JCPenney
  • Intuit
  • Food Marketing Institute
  • Facebook
  • Amazon
  • National Retail Federation
  • Cisco Systems
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Coalition for Patent Fairness
  • Retail Industry Leaders Association
  • National Association of Realtors
  • National Council of Chain Restaurants
  • NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association
  • R Street Institute
  • American Gaming Association
  • Developers Alliance
  • Computer & Communications Industry Association
  • Dillard’s
  • Listrak
  • Texas Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Software and Information Industry Association
  • Rackspace
  • Internet Association
  • HTC America, Inc.
  • American Apparel & Footwear Association
  • Engine Advocacy
  • MPA - The Association of Magazine Media
  • Newspaper Association of America
  • Sabre
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
  • Johnson Controls
  • Vizio
  • Global Automakers Association
  • Rhode Island Hospitality Association
  • Independent Bankers Association of Texas
  • General Motors
  • Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
  • Culver's
  • The Latino Coalition
  • Consumer Electronics Association
  • Small Business Majority
  • National Grocers Association
  • Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Home Builders Association of Michigan
  • California Technology Council
  • U.S. Travel Association
  • American Public Power Association
  • Yum! Brands, Inc.
  • South County Tourism Council
  • American Association of Advertising Agencies: 4A's
  • Birch Studio
  • California Retailers Association
  • Callware Technologies
  • California Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce
  • GeLo, Inc.
  • My Fab 5
  • Retailers Association of Nevada
  • Walmart
  • Blueprint RF
  • Motor Transport Association of Connecticut
  • Electronic Transaction Association
  • NetApp, Inc.
  • Competitive Carriers Association
  • Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association
  • Connecticut Energy Marketers Association
  • Goby LLC
  • Heirloom Food Company
  • Homes Eyewear
  • Insurance Association of Connecticut
  • Irvine Chamber of Commerce
  • Liquid Web Inc.
  • Southeastern Employment Services
  • Capstone Photography
  • Carlson Wagonlit Travel
  • Carlson
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association
  • Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
  • New York Association of Convenience Stores
  • Reno-Sparks-Northern Nevada Chamber
  • Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Coalition
  • Rhode Island Food Dealers Association
  • Digital Signage Federation
  • National Cable & Telecommunications Association
  • Best Buy
  • Connecticut Retail Merchants Association
  • Ohio Grocers Association
  • Dropbox
  • M-1 Studios LLC
  • Ford
  • Demand Progress
  • HR Smart
  • Sprint
  • Utah Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Virginia Retail Federation
  • American Trucking Associations
  • Home Builders Association of Iowa
  • Chozick Realty
  • Foursquare
  • Round Rock Chamber of Commerce
  • Texas Association of Builders
  • American Society of Travel Agents
  • Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
  • BrandsMart U.S.A.
  • Building Industry Association of Washington
  • California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns
  • California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse
  • California Travel Association
  • Collage
  • Connecticut Veterans Chamber of Commerce
  • Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Home Shopping Network
  • International Franchise Association
  • iZi Survey LLC
  • Kickstarter
  • Lunatech
  • Masergy Communications Inc.
  • Mobile Comply
  • Mobile Technology Association of Michigan
  • Motorola Solutions
  • Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce
  • Ohio Council of Retail Merchants
  • Rebel Real Estate
  • SailPoint Technologies Inc.
  • Seagate Inc.
  • Security Industry Association
  • Texas Communications
  • Xanté
  • Alabama Grocers Association
  • Printing Industries of America
  • Pegasystems Inc.
  • Azure Farms, Inc.
  • Qurate Retail Group
  • Philadelphia PACT
  • Wisconsin Grocers Association

Who's Affected

  • Michael Skelps

    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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  • Jim Johnson

    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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  • Peter Cahill

    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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In the news.

  • 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?”

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  • 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.

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

    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.

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

    September 9, 2019

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

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