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.
Software patent litigation can cost companies millions of dollars that could otherwise be used for hiring new employees, creating new services and products, and ultimately helping grow the U.S. economy.
Due to help from the Brooklyn Law Incubator and Policy (BLIP) Clinic, a participating school in The Law School Patent Troll Defense Network administered by the Application Developers Alliance, 911 Notify dropped the lawsuit.
The letter, signed by 39 tech investors including early investors in Netflix, Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox, Palantir, and Kickstarter, and delivered by the App Developers Alliance, Engine Advocacy, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, calls on Congress to support reforms including making it easier to efficiently review patents at the PTO, and increasing demand letter transparency.