WASHINGTON (2/27/15)--The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee explored the best ways to limit deceptive patent demand letters in a hearing Thursday. CUNA appreciates the continued conversation on abusive patent demand letters, and combating those types of letters remains a critical piece of CUNA's advocacy efforts.
As spelled out in the letter sent to the committee, as well as a letter sent earlier this year to members of Congress, CUNA supports patent reform legislation that:
Witness Vince Malta, liaison for law and policy for the National Association of Realtors, said he supported the notion of increased transparency, saying such letters should be required to contain specifics on the relevant patent claim, details on how the patent was infringed upon, a description on the investigation of the infringement and disclosure of the parties behind the patent claim.
Vera Ranieri, a staff attorney from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit that works to protect innovation and consumer interests, said any legislation submitted by Congress should not limit the ability of small businesses to turn to their state's attorney general, often the first place they turn after receiving a demand letter.
CUNA believes that state attorneys general have an important role to play for businesses combating abusive patent letters.