Patents were developed to encourage openness in the innovation space and to protect inventors. Unfortunately, startups frequently face abusive patent litigation by “patent trolls” — companies that take advantage of a broken software patent system and operate by collecting fees on software patent licenses, instead of making products and contributing to technological innovation. Meanwhile, new distribution technologies are making it easier for anyone to reach a broad audience, which is why we need balanced copyright laws that allow these new technologies and their creators to succeed.
This primer provides an overview of copyright issues and what they mean for startups.
A primer that provides an overview of patent issues and what they mean for startups.
Engine filed an amicus petition to the Supreme Court of the United States on Tuesday, November 13th to urge the court to consider the case. In our brief, we argue that the Federal Circuit’s decision in the case conflicts with the Supreme Court’s ruling on patentable subject matter eligibility.
Last week, United States Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu gave a speech to the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association, where he implied that patent trolls were not a real problem faced by innovators, but instead just a “narrative” made up to scare away innovators. Not only is this factually inaccurate, but it is troubling that Director Iancu would ignore the overwhelming data showing that low-quality patents have led to a rash of abusive patent litigation directed towards small companies and entrepreneurs over the past decade.
Earlier this year the USPTO proposed a rule to change the standard, known as BRI, by which patents are evaluated during PTAB reviews. On Wednesday, USPTO announced a final rule that does away with the BRI standard in favor of a more restrictive alternative.
A year after the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Group Brands LLC, however, Marshall may be returning to the normalcy of tumbleweeds and prairie, as NPEs who once filed there flock instead to other jurisdictions.
Engine Statement on House Judiciary Committee Oversight Hearing of USPTO Director Iancu
Engine’s Statement on Recent Attacks to our Patent System
Today, Reps. Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Bill Foster (D-IL) introduced a House version of the STRONGER Patents Act (S.1390), which would hobble the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s internal review system for challenges to overly broad, obvious patents and overrule decades of Supreme Court decisions on patent issues, exposing technology users to increased litigation.