Many of America’s leading startup investors sent a letter urging Congress to enact broad patent reform. 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.
The Application Developers Alliance applauded the growing momentum in Congress behind patent reform legislation that would give patent troll victims a lower cost alternative to challenging a poor quality patent in court.
Washington, D.C. (May 1, 2013) – The Application Developers Alliance praised Senator Charles Schumer’s (D-NY) announcement of his intention to introduce legislation addressing patent troll abuse. Schumer’s bill will expand the Covered Business Method Program, which currently covers only financial services related patents, to apply to all business method patents. The expansion would allow companies to challenge the validity of a troll’s patent in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) as an alternative to expensive and time-consuming litigation.
Washington, D.C. (February 27, 2013) – Today, the Application Developers Alliance thanked Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) for introducing the SHIELD Act but urged Congress to do even more to protect entrepreneurs from patent trolls.