UFPR Testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary

June 5th, 2019

United for Patent Reform member Stephanie Martz testified on behalf of UFPR at the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing, “The State of Patent Eligibility Law in America.”

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UFPR: USPTO Must Consider Views of All Stakeholders

March 12th, 2019

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and its director must consider the views of all stakeholders, and Congress should use its
oversight role to insure PTO does so. That is the message hundreds of companies, startups and trade associations representing manufacturers, retailers and high tech are conveying to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property as part of Wednesday’s USPTO Oversight Hearing.

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Pushback Derails Company That Thrived on Patent Lawsuits

December 16th, 2018

Shipping & Transit LLC sued more than 100 mostly small companies in 2016, making it the largest filer of patent lawsuits that year. But when the Florida company recently declared bankruptcy, it valued its U.S. patents at just $1.

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Patent Trolls and Bad Patents Continue to Be Reality for U.S. Companies

October 23rd, 2018

UFPR's statement on Director Iancu’s Oct. 18 speech to the EDTX Annual Bar Association dinner

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UFPR Statement on USPTO BRI Final Rule

October 15th, 2018

USPTO Weakens Critical Process for American Businesses to Fight Abusive Patent Litigation

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UFPR Statement on Restoring America's Leadership in Innovation Act and Inventor Protection Act

August 6th, 2018

New Patent Bills Threaten Critical Tools Protecting Innovative Small Businesses from Abusive Litigation

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