Patent Litigation Reform

Patent litigation abuse has reached a crisis level. Patent assertion entities (PAEs), better known as “patent trolls,” do not create products - they simply bring lawsuits against those who do. Patent lawsuits increase consumer costs and stifle innovation.

Latest Developments


  • In early July, Philip Johnson, a leader in the effort to stall patent reform in the U.S. Senate, emerged as possible nominee for the Executive Director position at the U.S. Patent Trademark Office (PTO). Michael Petricone, CEA’s Sr. VPof Government Affairs, issued a statement urging the White House "to go back to the drawing board.” The following week, President Obama decided to bypass Johnson.
Where We Stand

  • CEA applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Innovation Act, H.R. 3309 - a bill aimed at ending abusive patent litigation - by a wide, bipartisan margin. More specifically, CEA supports the fee-shifting and bonding provisions, which rightfully make the troll liable for costs incurred by frivolous lawsuits.  Nationally, patent abuse costs the U.S. economy $1.5 billion per week. Check out CEA’s Troll Ticker, a running tally of what the lack of strong patent reform legislation is costing our economy every second of every day. 
  • In 2014, CEA held its first Innovation Policy Day at SXSW. The day-long event of tech panels covered an array of policy issues, including patent reform.
Take Action

  • Text “TROLLS” to 52886 or click here to contact your member of Congress directly. 
VIDEO: Why the Senate needs to pass patent litigation reform. 
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