Critical Reforms Needed to Protect Startups and App Developers from Patent Trolls
Washington, D.C. – The Application Developers Alliance called for swift passage of the comprehensive patent reform bill, the PATENT Act, being heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee today.
“We are encouraged to see the Committee moving so quickly on this critical legislation,” said Jon Potter, President of the App Developers Alliance. “Just last week more than a dozen Alliance members met with PATENT Act sponsors and other Committee members in Washington, and urged passage of anti-troll legislation. Abusive patent trolls are a tax on innovation, they threaten small companies nationwide and this extortion needs to stop now. Importantly, the bill addresses specificity in demand letters and the imbalance in litigation burdens. We look forward to working with the Senate on this legislation that is so important for innovators, small businesses and the economy.”
The Application Developers Alliance supports legislative reforms that undermine the patent troll business model without harming legitimate patent enforcement. The Alliance supports policies that short-circuit frivolous litigation, address the imbalance in litigation burdens, and ensure transparency and specificity in demand letters and complaints.
More information is available at TrollFighter.com.
The Apps Alliance is a non-profit global membership organization that supports developers as creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs. We promote app industry growth and advocate on behalf of our members on public policy and industry issues. The Apps Alliance serves more than 36,000 individual members and more than 200 companies, including app publishers, platforms, wireless carriers, hardware manufacturers, ad networks, enterprise tools and service providers.