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We should call for changes so that patent assertion entities (patent trolls) can’t threaten and extract money from small businesses and individuals.
Our Patent Reform Project has been busy lately. Among other things, we’ve filed two Supreme Court amicus briefs, submitted comments to the USPTO, and written several op-eds, in just four months. And now, Charles, our Patent Reform Project’s director, will be testifying tomorrow in the House’s Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on “The Impact of Patent Assertion Entities on Innovation and the Economy.”
As Charles will discuss then, many entities, including so-called patent assertion entities (PAEs) and “patent trolls,” abuse demand letters to the detriment of the economy. To repair this part of the patent system, knowing more about demand letter senders, their patents, and their demand letters would be incredibly useful, not only for policymakers but for the broader public as well.