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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.

April 22, 2015
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.
March 27, 2015
On Wednesday, March 25, 2015, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held a hearing entitled “Protecting American Innovators and Job Creators from Abusive Patent Litigation.”
February 27, 2015
On Feb. 26, 2015, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade held a hearing titled “Update: Patent Demand Letter Practices and Solutions.” Vince Malta, NAR’s 2015 Liaison for Law and Policy, testified on behalf of NAR and the United for Patent Reform Coalition, a diverse group of American businesses committed to curbing patent abuses.
February 26, 2015
Without meaningful patent litigation reform, Realtors® and other small and midsize business owners will remain targets of extortion.
February 6, 2015
On Feb. 5, 2014, U.S. House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), re-introduced the Innovation Act — the same patent reform legislation that passed in 2013.

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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.