News on Patent Law, Reform, and Legislation from AIPR



March 11 2015

Prof. Harbaugh Brings Wealth of Legal Experience to AIPR

American Innovators for Patent Reform (AIPR), a trade association representing the innovation community, has added Joseph Harbaugh, a prominent law professor and Dean Emeritus of the Nova Southeastern University Law School to its Board of Directors.

Mr. Harbaugh has served in a wide range of legal education leadership positions with the Association of American Law Schools and the American Bar Association. A Fulbright Commission Specialist in Negotiation and Mediation, Professor Harbaugh conducts...

February 18 2015

Proposed Bill Punishes Inventors and Will Have a Chilling Effect on Innovation

American Innovators for Patent Reform (AIPR), a trade association for the innovation community, is strongly opposed to the proposed Innovation Act (H.R. 9) that was re-introduced by the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee chair, Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-VA), and Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Lamar Smith (R-TX), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Ann Eshoo (D-CA). AIPR believes this bill is anti-inventor, anti-competitive and anti-...

June 12 2014

Ballabon Will Bring Media, Government Relations and Intellectual Property Expertise to AIPR

American Innovators for Patent Reform (AIPR), an industry group representing small patent owners – start-ups, R&D companies, universities, independent inventors and patent practitioners – has added Jeff Ballabon to its Board of Directors. Mr. Ballabon is a founding partner of B2 Strategic, an influential international consulting firm.

Prior to founding B2 Strategic, Jeff Ballabon was CEO of Innovative Communications Technologies, Inc. where he...

June 6 2014

Proposed Bill Is Anti-Innovation and Serves Only Special Interest Groups

American Innovators for Patent Reform (AIPR), an industry group representing small patent owners − start-ups, R&D companies, universities and independent inventors − as well as patent practitioners, is opposed to the "Trade Protection Not Troll Protection" bill introduced last month by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX).

"This is yet another misguided 'anti-troll' legislative proposal that misses the point entirely, and shows a fundamental lack of understanding by Rep. Farenthold...

March 19 2014

Two proposed patent bills, H.R. 3309, the “Innovation Act” – that was passed by the House last year, but has not yet been introduced in the Senate – and S. 1720, the “Patent Transparency and Improvements Act” – that has yet to come up for a vote in the Senate – both continue to face opposition from a broad cross section of organizations. These include:

  • Licensing Executives Society of the USA and Canada
  • Biotechnology Industry Organization
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association...
December 6 2013

The So Called “Innovation Act” Is the Worst Anti-Innovation Bill in American History

New York, N.Y. – December 6, 2013 – American Innovators for Patent Reform (AIPR), an industry group representing small patent owners – start-ups, R&D companies, universities and independent inventors – as well as patent practitioners, strongly condemns the passage of H.R. 3309, the so-called Innovation Act, by the House as the most anti-innovation and anti-inventor legislation in American history.

“Our Founding Fathers had the wisdom to lay the foundation of the American patent...

December 5 2013

By Alexander Poltorak, Founder and President of American Innovators for Patent Reform

Recently, Rockstar Bidco sued Google and seven other manufacturers of Android smart phones for infringing patents it bought for $4.5 billion from bankrupt Nortel. A former in-house patent counsel for Intel, Peter Detkin, who coined the term "patent troll," defined it as someone who acquires for the purposes of litigation a patent they did not invent and do not practice. Rockstar seems to be a perfect example of a "patent troll" − they bought the patents they did not invent and do not...

December 4 2013

By Alexander Poltorak, Founder and Chairman of AIPR

We Americans have a love-hate relationship with patents. We can’t live with them, and we can’t live without them. Everybody wants to reform the patent system. After many years of contentious debate, in 2011, the America Invents Act (AIA) was signed into law. Alas, this Act did not help America to invent anything! Nor was it ever intended to do that. It was pork-belly legislation written by lobbyists on the payroll of Microsoft, Cisco and other tech giants whose only goal was to weaken our patent system by making...

October 15 2013

A former chief judge of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit called for attorneys to get more involved in the debate over how to control patent trolls because litigators have an "abysmal" understanding of patent law. Speaking at a forum on nonpracticing entity litigation, Judge Paul Michel said, "Every bar association and IP law association needs to get involved, because that's where the expertise resides."

Alexander Poltorak, Founder and Chairman of American Innovators for Patent Reform as well as Chairman and CEO of General Patent Corporation, also attended the event and...

September 24 2013

In the past year, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office received 535 petitions challenging patents under two new America Invents Act (AIA) programs. There were 482 requests for inter-partes review (IPR) and 53 for covered business method review (CBM). And the number of filings could double next year, according to an article on Law360.com (subscription required).

And according to a...