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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Honorable Orrin Hatch
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.
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 24, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Coalition for Patent Fairness (CPF) is very encouraged by the thoughtful discussion draft addressing patent litigation abuse released by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte. CPF believes that Chairman Goodlatte's draft legislation, if enacted, would help address the abuse of our current patent system by patent assertion entities, commonly referred to as patent trolls.
CPF supports this draft as a great first step in the process. We call on Chairman Goodlatte to move this legislation through the House Judiciary Committee and on to full House passage as soon as possible.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 22, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The GAO released a Congressionally mandated report today documenting the rise in patent lawsuits over the past several years, up 30% from just 2010 to 2011. Patent trolls and profiteers - those that use their patent ownership for the sole purpose of demanding payment from operating companies - have ramped up their activities in recent years, expanding their targets beyond technology companies to include small businesses, retailers and grocers, financial institutions, hospitals and pharmacies, car dealers, real estate agents and thousands of other businesses. The GAO report determined that the number of defendants in these suits - many of them end-users - has exploded, increasing 129% from 2007 to 2011.
These findings reinforce the position that the Coalition for Patent Fairness has long held: there are fundamental flaws in the existing patent system in need of immediate attention. To that end, CPF supports and requests Congress to consider legislative proposals that:
- Dry up the financial incentives that have allowed patent trolls to thrive and multiply;
- End costly and abusive discovery fishing expeditions; and
- Increase transparency, so patent trolls can't hide behind shell companies and non-operating corporations to avoid accountability.