May 22, 2018 | ,

Correcting Misconceptions About The U.S. Patent System

There’s been a great deal of misinformation floating around about the inter partes review process (IPR) and how it impacts American inventors and innovators. So, ahead of today’s U.S. Patent Office Oversight (USPTO) Oversight Hearing with USPTO Director Andrei Iancu, IA wanted to correct some common myths about the U.S. patent system and IPR.

  • MYTH: The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) is a death-squad.
  • FACT: Of 8,340 petitions, only 16 percent have resulted in an invalidation of all claims of a patent.1 
  • MYTH: PTAB has invalidated hundreds of patents found valid by district courts.
  • FACT: 3,056 patents challenged in IPRs through Q3 were also involved in lawsuits. Of the 3,056 patents, only 43 IPR cases – 1 percent – have resulted in different outcomes.2 
  • MYTH: The U.S. has an inefficient intellectual property and patents system.
  • FACT: The U.S. ranked #1 overall in the U.S. Chamber International IP Index.3 
  • MYTH: IPR dramatically reduced R&D investment.
  • FACT: R&D investments in the software and internet industry grew faster than any other industry in the years following the Alice decision.4 Venture capital funding for startup software and internet companies in the three years following the Alice decision increased by 88 percent compared to the three years prior.5 
  • MYTH: Patent evaluations are down and validity is uncertain.
  • FACT: From FY 2012 to 2016, filings increased 15%. In 2016, more than 650,000 applications were filed—the highest number ever. In 2016, the PTO issued over 334,000 patents, also the highest number ever.6

From Player Pianos to Paper Notices: A Modern Update to Music Licensing Is Long Overdue

Rarely does a century-old musical instrument drive policy in Washington, but that’s exactly what’s happening in the music community at this moment. Everyone from Internet Association (IA) members to artists to record labels are supporting a new piece of legislation called the Music Modernization Act (MMA), that will help bring music licensing into the digital Read more »

Why Car Sharing Is Good For California Motorists

Cars are expensive to buy and maintain, and 95 percent of the time they sit unused. Fortunately for Californians, state lawmakers have the opportunity to make car ownership more affordable and practical. Assembly Bill 2873 would support internet-enabled car sharing, which connects vehicle owners with consumers and travelers. These legislative efforts have been stalled by rental Read more »

Internet-Enabled Services Create Opportunity For Brooklyn Communities And Small Businesses

The internet is about opportunity. Its evolution continues to open doors for students to further their education, for communities to exchange ideas, and for small businesses to leverage tools that help them market their products and engage consumers. In places like Brooklyn, one of the most diverse communities in America, the growth of the internet Read more »

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IA and Columbia’s Richard Paul Richman Center today released a new research paper entitled, “Toward A Better Understanding Of Internet Economics.”

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