How The New Patent Abuse Reduction Act Levels The Playing Field

Filed in Cloud Industry Insights by Alan Schoenbaum | May 23, 2013 8:50 am

The patent abuse fight is picking up momentum, and we have new ammunition. Yesterday, the senior Senator from Texas, John Cornyn, introduced the Patent Abuse Reduction Act of 2013 (the “PAR Act”). My home state U.S. Senator has just taken a huge step to solve the patent troll epidemic. This bill is a breath of fresh air in the battle against patent trolls and their brazen abuse of the patent system. The PAR Act is designed to “deter patent litigation abusers without prejudicing the rights of responsible intellectual property holders,” Cornyn said in a statement[1].

We encourage you to read the PAR Act – we have linked it at the bottom of the page. For everyone out there who is not a lawyer, though, we want to take a minute to explain what this bill means and why it is so important:

The Patent Abuse Reduction Act beams necessary sunlight onto these all-too-frequent proceedings and is a major step toward fixing the problem of patent abuse. It has a fitting acronym – the “PAR” Act – because it helps put companies “at par” and on an even playing field with those who would abuse the system.

At Rackspace, we’ve been on the front line of the problem; patent trolls have become our most pressing legal issue. We have seen a 500 percent spike since 2010 in our legal spend combating patent trolls. And we’re not alone. We hear almost daily about companies and developers that have been impacted by patent infringement suits filed for no other reason than to extort money.

We’ve stood up and fought back. Just recently we fought a troll in court, and won[2]; we turned the tables on another, suing them in Federal Court[3]; and we filed a challenge with the patent office against a third[4].

An army is now forming to fight patent trolls[5], and, if passed, Sen. Cornyn’s Patent Abuse Reduction Act of 2013 will be a very powerful weapon with which to battle them.

Read the full Patent Abuse Reduction Act of 2013[6] here.

Endnotes:
  1. statement: http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=InNews&ContentRecord_id=082eaecc-1983-41a7-b656-156c1b4b77cb&ContentType_id=b94acc28-404a-4fc6-b143-a9e15bf92da4&f6c645c7-9e4a-4947-8464-a94cacb4ca65&Group_id=bf378025-1557-49c1-8f08-c5df1c4313a4
  2. we fought a troll in court, and won: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/mathematics-cannot-be-patented-case-dismissed/
  3. we turned the tables on another, suing them in Federal Court: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/why-rackspace-sued-the-most-notorious-patent-troll-in-america/
  4. we filed a challenge with the patent office against a third: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/abolish-the-patent-vanquish-the-troll/
  5. An army is now forming to fight patent trolls: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/an-army-is-forming-to-battle-patent-trolls/
  6. Patent Abuse Reduction Act of 2013: http://a3ba8a9e733f0f48e083-34c21d0cbf24e519af797fddd23e1832.r18.cf1.rackcdn.com/Documents/Patent%20Abuse%20Reduction%20Act.pdf

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