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CPF Statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee Markup of Patent Reform Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 3, 2014                                               

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The following statement can be attributed to Matthew Tanielian, executive director of the Coalition for Patent Fairness.

“The Senate Judiciary Committee has made significant progress on drafting bipartisan, patent reform legislation, but there is still a lot of work to get done before crossing the finish line. We need a strong bill that includes meaningful provisions on fee shifting, discovery requirements, and genuine pleading standards. While we remain hopeful that an agreement can be worked out, our ultimate support for a legislative package hinges on the strength of these combined provisions. It’s imperative that the package take meaningful action toward ending the patent troll business model.

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Coalition for Patent Fairness Statement on Patent Fee Integrity Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2014

Washington, D.C. – The Coalition for Patent Fairness (CPF) thanks Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) for introducing the Patent Fee Integrity Act.

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CPF Statement on White House Briefing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Coalition for Patent Fairness thanks Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, NEC Director Gene Sperling, Acting PTO Director Michelle Lee, and U.S. CTO Todd Park for the executive actions taken today and for their strong public remarks calling for Senate passage of patent litigation reform legislation. Following is a statement by CPF Executive Director Matt Tanielian:

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The Coalition for Patent Fairness Applauds President Obama For His Support for Patent Reform

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The following can be attributed to Matthew Tanielian, executive director of the Coalition for Patent Fairness:

“The Coalition for Patent Fairness thanks President Obama for his expression of support for meaningful patent reform during his 2014 State of the Union address.

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The Coalition for Patent Fairness Asks President Obama to Address Patent Reform in the State of the Union Address

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As President Obama prepares his remarks for the 2014 State of the Union Address on January 28, the Coalition for Patent Fairness asks him to address the need for comprehensive patent reform legislation during the current Congress.

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Coalition for Patent Fairness Applauds House Passage of The Innovation Act of 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 5, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The following can be attributed to Matthew Tanielian, executive director of the Coalition for Patent Fairness:

The Coalition for Patent Fairness thanks the broad, bipartisan group of House lawmakers who came together today in support of innovation and America’s businesses to pass H.R. 3309, The Innovation Act, with a remarkable 325-91 vote. The expediency with which this bill has moved through the House demonstrates the extreme need for America’s businesses to receive relief from the burdens imposed by patent trolls.

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CPF Statement on Passage of the Innovation Act of 2013 Through the House Judiciary Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE: November 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Coalition for Patent Fairness today thanks Chairman Goodlatte, Representative Lofgren, and the members of the House Judiciary Committee for their work yesterday on the passage of H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act of 2013, through committee. The strong bipartisan vote reflects a recognition among committee members of the need to address ongoing abuses of our patent system in order to allow America's economy to thrive. 

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Letter to Senator Hatch regarding the Patent Litigation Integrity Act of 2013

The Honorable Orrin Hatch                                
U.S. Senate                         
104 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC  20510

Dear Senator Hatch:

The Coalition for Patent Fairness, which is comprised of leading companies in the manufacturing and information technology industries, writes to express our strong support for the Patent Litigation Integrity Act of 2013 (S. 1612).  We believe that a strong and robust end-of-case fee shifting provision that provides for a bonding mechanism is important to providing much needed balance into the current patent system.

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CPF Statement of Support on the Introduction of The Innovation Act of 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 23, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Coalition for Patent Fairness today thanks Chairman Goodlatte and Representatives DeFazio, Coble, Lofgren, Smith, Eshoo, Chaffetz, Farenthold, and Bachus for the introduction of The Innovation Act of 2013.   Patent assertion entities, otherwise known as patent trolls, are shameless in their efforts to hold up legitimate businesses through threat letters and abusive lawsuits, and it is time for Congressional action to defend America’s businesses against these attacks. 

This legislation takes a major step forward in curbing the worst abuses of patent trolls, and CPF supports efforts to move the bill promptly through the House Judiciary Committee and toward full House approval as quickly as possible. CPF believes that this bill would directly address the harm to the economy posed by patent assertion entities, estimated at more than $29 billion per year, not counting the value of lost innovation.

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