Know the Issue

The Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform has worked tirelessly since its founding in 2005 to transform the United States patent system into a world-class system - more objective, transparent, efficient, and reliable. The first step - the enactment of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act - has been accomplished, but the job is not finished. To better familiarize yourself with new challenges facing the patent system, please visit the following links to learn about the effort to properly implement the Act, the need to make corrections to perfect the Act, and certain proposals that could seriously undermine patent system incentives.

 
21C Congressional Testimony

Statement of Henry Hadad before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on "S.1137, the 'PATENT ACT' - Finding Effective Solutions to Address Abusive Patent Practices" - May 7, 2015 (pdf)

Statement of Kevin H. Rhodes on Behalf of the Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on "S.1137, the 'PATENT ACT' - Finding Effective Solutions to Address Abusive Patent Practices" - May 7, 2015 (pdf)

Statement of Philip S. Johnson on Behalf of the Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on "Protecting Small Businesses and Promoting Innovation by Limiting Patent Troll Abuse" (pdf)

Statement of Philip S. Johnson on Behalf of the Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform before the House Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on "Abusive Patent Litigation: The Impact on American Innovation & Jobs, and Potential Solutions" (pdf)

Statement of Kevin H. Rhodes on Behalf of the 3M Company before the House Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on "Abusive Patent Litigation: The Issues Impacting American Competitiveness and Job Creation at the International Trade Commission and Beyond" (pdf)
Responsible Patent Reform is Needed (pdf)

21C & Patent Reform Top 10 "Myths vs. Facts" (pdf)

Comparison of Stay of Discovery Provisions in House and Senate Bills (8/30/15) (pdf)

More balance needed on patent reform by Kevin Rhodes (The Hill - 7/13/15) (link)

21C Key Provisions Chart (7/7/15) (pdf)

21C Key Provisions Chart Summary of Positions (7/7/15) (pdf)

21C Positions on Stay & Venue in HR 9 as reported (6/12/15) (pdf)

"Reasonably Could Have Raised" Judicial Estoppel for PGR Is a Technical Error (pdf)

Why RCHR Estoppel Should Not Apply to PGR (pdf)

Benefits of PGR Will Be Prevented by "Reasonably Could Have Raised" Judicial Estoppel (pdf)

Amicus Brief re Use of BRI in Versata v. SAPCBM Appeal (pdf)

BRI-Appropriate for Examination Not for PGR-IPR-CBM Review (pdf)

Point-By-Point Response to Criticisms of BRI Legislation (pdf)

USPTO's Use of Broadest Reasonable Interpretation of Patent Claims Is Inappropriate in PGR/IPR (pdf)

Chart Showing 21C Positions on Key Provisions in Patent Legislation in 114th Congress (4/21/15) (pdf)

21C Key Provisions Chart Talking Points (3/16/15) (pdf)

The 21C Statement on Reintroduction of the Innovation Act (pdf)

Chart Showing 21C Positions on Key Provisions in Patent Legislation in 114th Congress (2/9/15) (pdf)

Report on Patent Reform in the 113th Congress (8/19/2014) (pdf)

21C Comments on the TROL Act (7/10/2014) (pdf)

21C Statement on May 21 Senate Judiciary Committee action (pdf)

21C Statement on House Passage of H.R. 3309 (pdf)

Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform Statement on Introduction of S. 1720 (pdf)

Chart Showing 21C Positions on Key Provisions in Patent Legislation in 113th Congress (1/7/14) (pdf)

Stay of Discovery (pdf)

The Case Has Not Been Made for Changes to Section 18 of the AIA (pdf)

Proposals for "Transparency" of Patent Ownership Information Should Focus on "Patent Trolls" (pdf)

Pleading Requirements in S. 1013 (Cornyn) (pdf)

H.R. 3309 Advances Patent Reform, But Needs Improvements to Protect American Manufacturers (pdf)

21C Response to The Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) (pdf)

Stays of Patent Infringement Actions Against Customers and End-Users Should be Available (pdf)

21C Statement on FTC Demand Letter Legislation (pdf)

Statement on Executive Actions (pdf)

Joinder of Interested Parties (pdf)

Opposition to Bonding Requirement (pdf)

Legislative Priorities - USPTO Roundtable Discussion (pdf)

Summary of 21C Positions on Key Provisions in H.R. 3309, the "Innovation Act" (11/6/2013) (pdf)

21C Supports Full Funding of USPTO (H.R.3349) (pdf)

H.R. 2024 Deutch - Would Burden and Sanction All Patent Owners But Not Deter Abuse by "Patent Trolls" (pdf)

H.R. 845 DeFazio/Chaffetz - the "SHIELD Act" - Wrongly Targets Litigants Rather Than Litigation Abuse (pdf)

H.R. 2639 (Jeffries/Farenthold) - Proposed Legislation Needs Amendment (pdf)

Requiring Use of eBay Factors in ITC Proceedings Will Undermine Protection Against Infringing Imports (pdf)

Letter expressing concern regarding the application of sequestration to the USPTO (pdf)

H.R. 2582, the "PATENT Jobs Act" - 21C Letter to Representative Honda (pdf)