Today Public Knowledge, joined by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Engine Advocacy, and the Application Developers Alliance, sent a letter to Senate leadership calling for comprehensive patent reform.
The following can be attributed to Charles Duan, Director of Public Knowledge's Patent Reform Project:
“It is easy to forget about the ways patents impact the lives of everyday consumers. The time and resources spent combatting patent trolls results in higher costs, fewer jobs, and fewer products for Americans.
“Abusive demand letters and deceptive litigation practices have lasting effects on the economy, startups, and most importantly, consumers. A basic consumer product like a smart phone implicates over 250,000 patents. So the patent system is something that impacts everybody. Congress should know that the public interest community is engaged, and we will continue to remind them of the impact that patents have on people.
“The letter reminds the Senate that there is no single provision that will solve low quality patent assertion and abusive litigation practices. The only way to curb abuse is through comprehensive legislation. We urge Congress to continue moving towards reform that will empower innovators, consumers, and inventors alike.”
A link to the letter can be found here.
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