Friday, April 17, 2015

Fighting for Patent Reform in Washington, D.C.

The main focus: Defend Innovation, Electronic Freedom Foundation's newest report on the broken US patent system.

This report is more than just EFF’s ideas for patent reform. It’s the result of more than two years of research, interviews, and data collection. They surveyed the concerns of software developers, entrepreneurs, legal professionals, students, and everyday technology users affected by the current patent system. They held town halls at major tech companies in Silicon Valley and interviewed individual programmers, and we launched a petition where users could submit comments and share their feedback on proposals to address these issues. Over 16,500 people spoke up.

All of this research culminated in over thirty pages that highlight just how broken the current patent system is: not only does it create a chilling effect on innovation and new technologies—exactly opposite of its claimed goal—but it is readily abused by bad actors and patent trolls.

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