It took the Supreme Court to finally tip the scales against patent trolls. Congress is trying to tip them back … and anchor them in place.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Secretary Hillary Clinton, has released a 14-page position paper outlining her technology platform. Five broad themes help frame Secretary Clinton’s Initiative on Technology & Innovation. These five themes include goals that, if achieved, would support the developer workforce.
Home to many of the world’s most iconic technology companies, California is a global breeding ground for innovation. Representative Mimi Walters (R-Calif.), whose Congressional district is based in Orange County, understands that the work of software developers drives the 21st century economy. Representative Walters is working hard to use her business experience to foster an environment conducive to investment, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Imagine receiving a vague, threatening, but perfectly legal letter demanding that you either pay tens of thousands of dollars or fight an expensive lawsuit in a court halfway across the country. For many small businesses and entrepreneurs, America’s patent system turns this nightmare into a reality.
The Application Developers Alliance and United for Patent Reform took to Capitol Hill this week as Alliance members fought for fair patent laws—a crucial issue for the developer workforce. Small business owners understand that patent trolls inflict damage beyond business costs. They know the real human costs of patent trolling.