The Economic Standard: Consumers Pay When Patent Trolls Monetize ITC Loopholes

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has become an increasingly popular venue for patent complaints, allowing patent trolls to exploit the loopholes in ITC practice for financial gains. Unless the ITC’s statute or practice adjusts to better reflect the realities of modern products and innovation in a global economy, consumers could face drastically fewer choices […]

Coalition Sends a Letter to Congress Stressing Principles for protecting IP

The Founding Fathers understood that by protecting the proprietary rights of artists, authors, entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors, they were promoting the greater public welfare. The continued protection of these fundamental rights is essential to American innovation and competitiveness.  Read these coalition guidelines to understand why.

Forbes: Qualcomm vs. The Facts

The events of this year suggest that the antitrust hammer may finally be dropping on Qualcomm, which is good news for just about everyone else, particularly consumers. However, if you ask Qualcomm, they will tell you that the longstanding objections to their business practices from a diverse set of credible sources and institutions are all […]

FORBES: Internet Of Things Depends On Businesses Working Together

This week, the newly created White House American Technology Council convened a series of policy discussions on the emerging Internet of Things (IoT), something I have discussed here in the past. The news is a welcome and timely development, given the breakneck speed at which IoT technologies are progressing – from driverless cars, to remote […]

Patent Litigation: Slow, Costly, Error-Prone

A few insightful studies of intellectual property abuses and patent infringement defenses have highlighted the role of patent trolls and patent pools. The litigation between patent holders and those accused of infringement is resolved in district courts where large, unproductive process costs and awards eventually hit consumers. Part of these problems seems to be fostered […]

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 […]

The Hill Congressional Blog: ACI on Problems with Patent Pools

A piece — written by Steve Pociask of ACI in today’s Hill Congressional Blog — discusses how some patent pools are increasing the price consumers pay for electronic goods.  To read the full piece visit — http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/199591-a-patented-consumer-rip-off.