Tomorrow, Engine’s President, Julie Samuels, will testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet on the impact of bad patents on American businesses. We are greatly encouraged by all the Judiciary Committee and the subcommittee have done to address problems with the patent system.
Patent litigation abuse is a problem that disproportionately targets the startups and small businesses that make up Engine’s community. Patent trolling stems primarily from lawyers armed with low-quality patents. The resulting problem is an acute and growing menace that adversely impacts the operations and viability of companies that can least afford these threats. Since startups and small businesses are key drivers of innovation and job growth, troll threats against them are particularly stifling to American economic growth and prosperity.
Julie will speak to the weaknesses in the patent system and the progress that has been made to weed out low quality patents by Congress, the courts and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Read Julie’s full testimony: https://judiciary.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Samuels_Written_Testimony_Bad_Patents_July2017.pdf