Thank you, Representative Lee and Representative Collins

On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee of the 18th District of Texas and Representative Doug Collins of the 9th District of Georgia made an appearance at US Inventor’s congressional briefing, expressing their support of inventor rights. Twenty-nine inventors from twenty-one different states were in attendance, each a member or founder of a prominent inventor organization. Attendees included: …

Small Business Inventors

USPTO records show 325,000 inventors that work for themselves or a small business obtained patents between 1989 and 2019. This report provides a breakdown by state and Congressional District. SBA Inventors by State State SBA Inventors Rank Alabama 2,217 30 Alaska 159 50 Arizona 4,906 21 Arkansas 903 40 California 61,142 1 Colorado 8,401 14 Connecticut 5,988 18 Delaware 851 …

Another PTAB Casualty: Emmy Awarded Wireless Microphone Technology Could Be Invalidated

(This article first appeared on IPWatchDog) “I have joined with U.S. Inventor and other stakeholders to ask the USPTO to focus on the tremendous harm that post-issuance reviews cause to the ‘economy and the integrity of the patent system’ when they are used as weapons against small inventor-owned businesses.” On October 25, the AIPLA Annual Meeting will host a Patent Trial and Appeal …

Letter to the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) August 5, 2019

August 5, 2019 Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) Marylee Jenkins, Chair; Steven Caltrider, Jennifer A. Camacho, Barney Cassidy, Mark E. Goodson, Bernard J. Knight, Jr., Dan H. Lang, Jeffrey M. Sears, Julie Mar-Spinola, Members; Pamela R. Schwartz, Catherine Faint, Vernon Ako Towler, Union Representatives Via email to: ppac@uspto.gov Dear Committee: The PTAB is still off the rails and destroying the …

Inventor Rights Act

Download the Inventor Rights Act One Page INVENTOR RIGHTS ACT This legislation restores patent protection for inventors and mitigates a generation of laws, regulations, and court decisions that have discouraged innovation by failing to secure to inventors the exclusive rights to their discoveries. TODAY’S INVENTORS: Face hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal expense and annihilation of their patent rights in …

US Inventor Success Act Comments

June 30, 2019 Chief Economist Mail Stop OPIA Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office P.O. Box 1450 Alexandria, VA 22313-1450 successact@uspto.gov Comments on the SUCCESS Act Introduction US Inventor is a non-profit association of inventors devoted to protecting the intellectual property of individuals and small companies. We represents our 13,000 inventor and small business members by promoting strong …

Congress Must Work to Understand the Language of Inventors

(This article first appeared on IPWatchDog) “In 2019, non-inventors are again dominating the legislative process, including some of the very individuals that successfully advocated for the harmful decisions and policies of years past.” One of the more dramatic moments in my $20 million dollar patent brawl occurred in the pivotal preliminary injunction hearing at the courthouse in downtown Tyler, Texas. I learned that …

PTAB Update – Inventors Remain Under Assault

Despite recent management and rule changes at the USPTO, inventors still lack meaningful rights. Highlighted below are some recent examples of ongoing PTAB abuse. Overwhelming Financial Burden for Inventors AIPLA reports that the average cost for an AIA trial is $450K. Only 16% patents emerge the PTAB intact. Small businesses built on a patented technology don’t have $450K to wager …

Win in Water Balloon Battle Suggests Hope for Patent Owners at PTAB

(This article first appeared on IPWatchDog) “While the Bunch O Balloons case certainly includes a unique element of fun, it also made a splash regarding novel legal issues that should be of interest to intellectual property practitioners and patent owners.” IPWatchdog’s coverage of the November 2017 Bunch O Balloons district court trial left off with an Eastern District of Texas jury awarding $12.3 …

PTAB Reform: An Urgent Request on Behalf of Independent Inventors

(This article first appeared on IPWatchDog) What follows is a letter on the topic of PTAB reform that will be sent to USPTO Director Andrei Iancu on Monday, May 14, 2018. The letter seeks urgent action on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in order to bring balance to a process that has tormented inventors for the last 6 years. We …