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Patent Litigation Reform

Without needed reforms that assure that asserted patent rights are legitimate, the ability of businesses owned by REALTORS®, many of which are small businesses, to grow, innovate and better serve modern consumers will be put at risk.

July 13, 2015
Tell your U.S. Representative to support legislation to stop patent trolls and protect the real estate industry from frivolous lawsuits.
June 12, 2015
House Judiciary Committee marked up and favorably reported H.R. 9, the Innovation Act. By making important reforms to the nation’s patent litigation system, the Innovation Act would address abusive practices by patent trolls that bully American businesses, including many REALTOR®s, with deceptive and often illegitimate claims of patent infringement.
June 5, 2015
The Senate Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly approved S. 1137 the PATENT Act by a vote of 16-4.
May 11, 2015
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) explains why REALTORS®’ visits this week are so critical. Other stories: patent trolls and HUD-1 changes.
May 1, 2015
On April 29, the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act, or "PATENT Act" was introduced in the Senate.

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This video highlights the urgent need for federal legislation to protect real estate and other professionals from entities that purchase patents and then use vaguely worded claims to demand licensing fees or threaten legal action.