News and Commentary on Patent Law, Patent Reform and Patent Legislation

September 22 2018

U.S. Patent No. 6,873,940 Survives Review with All Claims Intact

Suffern, N.Y. – September 26, 2018 – General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading intellectual property licensing firm, announced today that its subsidiary, Kamatani Cloud LLC (Kamatani Cloud), has prevailed on all 41 claims challenged in an inter partes review (IPR) initiated by Unified Patents, Inc.

Unified Patents challenged the validity of Kamatani Cloud’s U.S. Patent No. 6,873,940 titled “Measuring Method and Measuring Service System Using Communication...

July 17 2018

Federal Circuit Misapplies Rule 19 Involuntary Joinder Requirement in Patent Cases

Advanced Video Technologies LLC (AVT), a subsidiary of General Patent Corporation (GPC), announced today that it filed a petition for a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States, asking the Court to review a Federal Circuit Court of Appeals decision with far-reaching implications for intellectual property rights in the United States.

AVT commenced the action by filing lawsuits in the Southern District of New York (Nos. 1:15-cv-04626-CM, 1:15-cv-04631-CM, and 1:15-cv...

July 5 2018

Last month, the U.S. Patent Office issued patent number 10,000,000. This historic occasion calls for rethinking our patent system and the future of American innovation.

In the past, such an event would have been a cause for celebration, a testimony to our ingenuity. Back then, patents were valuable assets, protecting and incentivizing innovation. A valid patent gave its owner the right to stop infringers in their tracks. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case.

The ill-conceived patent reform legislation of 2011—the so-called America Invents Act (AIA)—was followed by a...

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...