WASHINGTON, DC – The Application Developers Alliance announced today that its national patent reform discussion will continue in 2015, beginning with events in Minnesota, Iowa, Nevada, Utah and Rhode Island. The five-city tour will convene app developers, inventors, local businesses, patent experts, and policymakers to discuss the urgent need for comprehensive patent reform. The first event will be in St. Paul, Minnesota this Wednesday, January 28.
"Patent trolls are attacking innovators and job-creators nationwide. Developers, inventors and businesses in every state have been threatened, and even ruined by patent trolls,” said Jon Potter, President, Application Developers Alliance. “In 2015 Congress must finish the job it started last year – protect small business and economic growth by passing meaningful, comprehensive patent reform. Only legislation will squelch the patent troll industry that single-handedly bled an estimated $80 billion from the American economy in 2014."
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 on the Minnesota event this week:
Tom Kramer, President, Kablooe
Casey Kniser, Partner, Patterson Thuente IP
Minnesota Telecom Alliance
Minnesota Credit Union Network
Minnesota Bankers Association
9:30 AM, Wednesday, January 28th
317 on Rice Park Event Center
317 North Washington Street
St. Paul, MN 55102
Check back here for information on other upcoming events in Iowa, Nevada, Utah and Rhode Island.
The Application Developers Alliance is a non-profit global membership organization that supports developers as creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs. We promote industry growth and advocate on public policy and industry issues. The Apps Alliance, which now includes more than 200 corporate members and a 50,000-strong developer network, launched in January of 2012 and initiated European services in early 2014. Membership includes app publishers, developer agencies, platforms, wireless carriers, hardware manufacturers, ad networks, enterprise tools and service providers.