UFPR Response to the Administrative Conference of the United States Small Claims Patent Court Study

August 29th, 2022

United for Patent Reform submitted the following response on Friday, August 26, to the Administrative Conference of the United States’ small claims patent court study. The study explores whether there is a need for a small claims patent court, the feasibility and potential structure of such a court, and the relevant legal, policy, and practical considerations in establishing a small claims patent court.

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UFPR Statement on Introduction of the Patent Examination and Quality Improvement Act of 2022

August 4th, 2022

United for Patent Reform (UFPR) today issued the following statement in support of the bipartisan legislation, the Patent Examination and Quality Improvement Act of 2022, which seeks to strengthen the patent examination process and prevent the issuance of low-quality patents that are often used to threaten Main Street businesses with patent litigation.

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UFPR Submits Statement to House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

June 22nd, 2022

United for Patent Reform submitted a statement to the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet ahead of its June 23 hearing, ‘The Patent Trial and Appeal Board After 10 Years: Impact on Innovation and Small Businesses.' The statement walks through the inter partes review process, its mechanics, and how it benefits all businesses. Read the full statement:

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UFPR Submits Statement to Senate IP Subcommittee

June 21st, 2022

United for Patent Reform submitted a statement to the Senate Judicary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property ahead of their June 22 hearing on, "The Patent Trial and Appeal Board: Examining Proposals to Address Predictability, Certainty, and Fairness." UFPR's statement walked through the inter partes review (IPR) process, its purpose, and its benefits. We testified that, "The [inter partes] review process benefits all businesses – those that bring the IPR itself to invalidate a patent that was granted in error, and those that are permitted to continue their use of a product or service unimpeded with its invalidation." Read the full statement here.

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UFPR Sends Letter to USPTO Director Kathi Vidal

April 7th, 2022

United for Patent Reform sent a letter to newly confirmed U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Kathi Vidal. UFPR congratulated Vidal on her confirmation and expressed the coalition's confidence in her ability to lead the Office through this pivotal time for our country. We urged her to expeditiously address the damage done to the Inter Partes Review program during the last administration. Read the full letter here.

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Opinion: Patent trolls have resurfaced and are hurting businesses

March 9th, 2022

As if the stresses of COVID weren’t already enough for American businesses trying to recover, now, businesses are suffering a resurgence of bottom-feeders known as “Patent Trolls.” Yes, American businesses are all recovering, coping with the loss of staff, supply chain issues, inflation, return-to-office vs. fully-remote-work debates, and many other challenges.

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  • UFPR Response to the Administrative Conference of the United States Small Claims Patent Court Study

    August 29, 2022

    United for Patent Reform submitted the following response on Friday, August 26, to the Administrative Conference of the United States’ small claims patent court study. The study explores whether there is a need for a small claims patent court, the feasibility and potential structure of such a court, and the relevant legal, policy, and practical considerations in establishing a small claims patent court.

    Read More +

  • UFPR Statement on Introduction of the Patent Examination and Quality Improvement Act of 2022

    August 4, 2022

    United for Patent Reform (UFPR) today issued the following statement in support of the bipartisan legislation, the Patent Examination and Quality Improvement Act of 2022, which seeks to strengthen the patent examination process and prevent the issuance of low-quality patents that are often used to threaten Main Street businesses with patent litigation.

    Read More +

  • UFPR Submits Statement to House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

    June 22, 2022

    United for Patent Reform submitted a statement to the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet ahead of its June 23 hearing, ‘The Patent Trial and Appeal Board After 10 Years: Impact on Innovation and Small Businesses.' The statement walks through the inter partes review process, its mechanics, and how it benefits all businesses. Read the full statement:

    Read More +

  • UFPR Submits Statement to Senate IP Subcommittee

    June 21, 2022

    United for Patent Reform submitted a statement to the Senate Judicary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property ahead of their June 22 hearing on, "The Patent Trial and Appeal Board: Examining Proposals to Address Predictability, Certainty, and Fairness." UFPR's statement walked through the inter partes review (IPR) process, its purpose, and its benefits. We testified that, "The [inter partes] review process benefits all businesses – those that bring the IPR itself to invalidate a patent that was granted in error, and those that are permitted to continue their use of a product or service unimpeded with its invalidation." Read the full statement here.

    Read More +

  • Inter Partes Review keeps Main Street in business by putting a stop to abusive patent litigation brought by non-pra… https://t.co/5M77VVaiPW

  • The bill “would allow patents on abstract ideas that tie up innovation, create confusion about patent eligibility,… https://t.co/A9Movf0JDD

  • Our member @EngineOrg expresses concern with how patent eligibility legislation would impact startups: (1/2) https://t.co/ZQRf89vtrS

  • Before the Fintiv rule undermined the America Invents Act (AIA), the Act decreased abusive patent litigation by ove… https://t.co/8EG9nHbJlp

  • From airlines to auto manufacturers, businesses across sectors were sued by a non-practicing entity for using call… https://t.co/I3UikIiC1E

  • @JJohnsonNow explains why IPR must be restored to spur national economic growth: (2/2) https://t.co/2nOwb3YeZP

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