US Inventor to President Trump: Eliminate the PTAB

US Inventor sent a letter to President Trump on September 12 alerting him to the crisis facing the U.S. patent system. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released an alarming report showing our patent system has slipped from its historic first place to tenth in the world. At the core of this historic drop are three problems: the Patent Trial and …

39 inventors file amicus brief in Oil States case

39 U.S. patent owners, whose patent protections were overturned by the administrative Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, filed an amici curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the petitioners of the case Oil States v. Greene’s, a case that is now pending. The patent owners argue that the Supreme …

USI’s Josh Malone speaks at the Federalist Society

In 2011, Congress created a new administrative tribunal in the U.S. Patent Office with the power to cancel previously granted patents, called the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The PTAB was created to provide an efficient and inexpensive administrative process for eliminating low-quality patents – what are called “bad patents.” Despite its laudable purpose, the PTAB has earned a …

Bloomberg: “Inventors Torch Patents Outside PTO, Decry Review Process”

About a dozen inventors in town for a conference set their patents aflame in front of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office headquarters Aug. 11 to protest what they called an unfair administrative system for invalidating patents. The passage of the America Invents Act of 2011, a sweeping overhaul of U.S. patent law, led to the creation of administrative patent …

US Inventor sets patents on fire as part of PTAB protest at USPTO

On Friday, August 11th, inventor rights group US Inventor held an event at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office where the group honored excellence in high quality patent examination. US Inventor also staged a peaceful protest to raise issues surrounding high rates of patent invalidation resulting from decisions made by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Despite going on with the protest after the USPTO …