Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring recently established the Patent Troll Unit, delivering another serious blow to “bad faith” claims of patent troll activity. These predatory practices stifle innovation and small business growth by abusing the U.S. patent system.
Elected just three years ago, Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D, N.Y.) has already proven to be an effective voice for developers in Congress. Since arriving in Washington, Rep. Jeffries has outlined an aggressive agenda to ensure the United States remains the world’s innovation leader by strengthening education and protecting intellectual property. He sits on the House Judiciary Committee as well as the House Education and Workforce Committee. In addition, he is a member of the International Anti-Piracy Caucus, co-chairs the bipartisan Intellectual Property Caucus, and serves as Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus.
As one of four Commissioners at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Terrell McSweeny plays an important role in protecting consumers. Since being appointed as a Commissioner in April 2014, Commissioner McSweeny has already left her mark as a thoughtful policy leader on issues important to developers like data use and innovation, security, encryption, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Commissioner McSweeny’s deep policy experience, including as an advisor to President Obama and Vice President Biden on areas including innovation and intellectual property, make her uniquely suited for her role as Commissioner.