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

The Internet Makes Old Town Scottsdale New Again

“Old” and “internet” don’t always go together. But in Old Town Scottsdale, they do. That was a clear takeaway from our recent visit with five local businesses and Rep. David Schweikert in Old Town Scottsdale. Communities and businesses across the country depend on the internet to stay connected. State and national leaders should develop policies Read more »

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 »

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Washington, DC – Internet Association Senior Vice President of Global Government Affairs Melika Carroll issued the the following statement in support of the Children and Media Research Advancement (CAMRA) Act: “Internet companies care deeply about the safety and well-being of their users and welcome scientific research on this important issue funded through the CAMRA Act. Read more »

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