Tell the Senate to Pass Patent Reform

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More than 5,000 inventors, entrepreneurs, investors, and concerned citizens signed this letter telling the Senate to pass meaningful patent reform.

Thanks to everyone who signed on. As the legislative process continues, there will be more actions to take soon. Stay tuned!

Dear Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Grassley, Chairman Rockefeller, and Ranking Member Thune:

 

We, the undersigned, are inventors, entrepreneurs, investors, and concerned citizens. We build, invest in, and use new businesses and technologies. We create jobs and keep our economy moving forward.

 

We urge you to push forward and support comprehensive legislation that tackles the growing problem of patent trolls: entities that prey on businesses, inventors, and end users. Patent trolls take advantage of vague patents and the exorbitant costs of litigation (from discovery costs to lawyers and court fees) to extort money from America’s businesses. And it’s not just large companies that face this threat. In fact, the majority of companies targeted by patent trolls have less than $10 million in revenue. When small businesses face dubious multimillion dollar lawsuits, our innovation economy suffers.

 

In December, the House took a significant step in passing the Innovation Act with an inspiring, bipartisan majority of 325-91, and the President followed by stating his intention to sign the bill.

 

Now we are calling on the Senate to follow the House, and the President, and pass a bill that addresses the real dangers of our patent troll problem. The proposed S. 1720 contains strong transparency provisions and will rein in bad-faith demand letters. Though less comprehensive than the Innovation Act, it is an important first step, and it should be moved forward immediately together with other pending Senate bills.

 

We need to increase transparency in the litigation process, starting with demand letters and patent ownership; we need to control the costs of litigation by, when appropriate, shifting fees and limiting expensive discovery; we need better programs for challenging bad patents; and we need to protect end-users and consumers.

 

The patent troll problem affects us all—from those of us who create technologies, to those who use and invest in them. We expect a patent system that encourages innovation, and we rely on a robust innovation economy unimpeded by toxic litigation. Patent trolls overshadow both needs, so we urge you to pass meaningful, bipartisan patent reform that will strengthen and protect American innovation.

 

Sincerely,

5703 Signatures

  • Brian McDonough
    SBAINC
    Venice, CA
    United States
  • Joseph Julian
    Edmonds, WA
    United States
  • Rick Bills
    Wichita, KS
    United States
  • Robert Altman
    Altman Software Design,LLC
    Minneapolis, MN
    United States
  • Vinay Jain
    Shake, Inc.
    New York, NY
    United States
  • Steve Ollo
    Mission Viejo, CA
    United States
  • Brandon Stewart
    Marshall, VA
    United States
  • Marcal DaCunha
    Proclanation LLC
    Middletown, NJ
    United States
  • Kay Taliaferro
    Pleasant hill, IL
    United States
  • Jesse flood
    raleigh, NC
    United States
  • Rodney French
    Creative Design Guild
    Clawson, MI
    United States
  • Stephen J. Kalin Sr
    Tappan, NY
    United States
  • Gail Bedecker
    Fring Processing
    Albuquerque, NM
    United States
  • Jonathan fryer
    Richmond, VA
    United States
  • Steven Tibbits
    Cave Creek, AZ
    United States
  • Erich Riesenberg
    Des Moines, IA
    United States
  • Linda Davidson
    N/A
    Moorhead, MN
    United States
  • Jan Barnes
    Summerville, PA
    United States
  • Diana dull
    Mash board
    Austin, TX
    United States
  • terence levings
    lindenhurst, NY
    United States
  • Shirley Crockett
    Ocean City, MD
    United States
  • Maggie Williams
    springhill, FL
    United States
  • Corey Kujawski
    Toledo, OH
    United States
  • Casi Adams
    Fayetteville, AR
    United States
  • Brandon Reichardt
    Fayetteville, AR
    United States
  • Peter York
    Algorhythm
    Garnet Valley, PA
    United States
  • Wendell Edwards
    Self employed w art
    Port Huron, MI
    United States
  • john collins
    prova systems
    carbondale, PA
    United States
  • Bob level
    Richmond, VA
    United States
  • Jazmin Hupp
    New York, NY
    United States

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