Coalition Letter to Congress: Curtail Venue Shopping in Patent Lawsuits

Last year, ACI’s Alan Daily wrote two pieces on patent trolls and how these trolls were “shopping” courts to find forums with better legal outcomes.  Today, a broad coalition of think tanks has sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of a bill that would curtail this “gamesmanship” and reduce abusive patent lawsuits.  The letter is […]

ACI Noted in Congressional Letter to FCC

Last week, Congressman Mike Pompeo wrote a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on what role the FCC has and what actions the FCC can take to stop the patent pool abuse that is driving up consumer electronic prices by $200 million per year.  ACI has written about this is a number of times: Huffington Post Daily Caller […]

ACI in Forbes — Abuse From Patent Pools

While patent talks in D.C. remain focused on “patent trolls” and the prolonged efforts in the Senate to mark up a counterpart bill to the already-passed Innovation Act, the damaging effects of another patent area loom large for consumers. Thanks to something called “patent pools” you could be overpaying for many consumer goods. Remember that […]

ACI in the Daily Caller: “Trolls Behaving Badly”

Wireless technology, services and applications are revolutionizing how consumers communicate, shop, work and get information. In the last year, mobile traffic grew by 81%, downloading speeds doubled to 1.4 megabits per second and mobile apps grew by 115% – 92% of which were downloaded at no cost to consumers. In the U.S., the number of […]

The Hill’s Congress Blog: The Consumer Interest in Patent Pools

Aggressive litigation by patent trolls earned them notoriety over the past few years.  At last, bills with a chance of protecting consumers and the economy from unrestrained patent trolling are moving through Congress (S. 1720 and H.R. 3309).  While the focus of those bills is patent trolls, the bills should also tighten controls on patent […]