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 Sends Letter in Support of Restoring the America Invents Act

September 29th, 2021

United for Patent Reform sent a letter to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) in support of their new legislation, the Restoring the America Invents Act, introduced on September 29. The letter commends both senators for seeking to restore essential elements of the America Invents Act (AIA) to protect patent quality by reversing administrative changes made by the U.S. Patent and Trade Office (PTO) that undermine the intent of the Inter Partes Review (IPR) program. Read the full letter here.

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UFPR Submits Testimony to Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property

June 22nd, 2021

United for Patent Reform submitted testimony to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property which today, held a hearing titled, "Protecting Real Innovations by Improving Patent Quality." In our testimony, we affirmed that it is imperative to have a renewed focus on improving patent quality at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. And for the next director of the Patent and Trademark Office, it is equally imperative to choose a candidate who recognizes that improvements are needed and will take swift action to address them. As this hearing rightfully acknowledges, the patent system exists to promote and protect real innovation for the benefit of the American public, not to issue undeserving patents that place a drag on innovation and are used to go after productive businesses.

Read the full testimony here.

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  • 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 +

  • UFPR Sends Letter to USPTO Director Kathi Vidal

    April 7, 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.

    Read More +

  • Opinion: Patent trolls have resurfaced and are hurting businesses

    March 9, 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.

    Read More +

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