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Inside the Fight over US Patent Reform

"Inside the fight over US patent reform” from May/June 2009 Intellectual Asset Management - Commentary by General Patent Chairman and CEO Alexander Poltorak. An excerpt from the article appears below, or click the link below the text for a downloadable PDF of the excerpt.

From “Inside the Fight over US Patent Reform,” Intellectual Asset Management, May/June 2009:

Alexander Poltorak
Chairman and CEO, General Patent Corporation, US

Meet the Middlemen

GPC was one of the companies profiled in "Meet the Middlemen," an article that appeared in Intellectual Asset Management, February/March 2008. An excerpt from the article is below in PDF format. For access to the entire article, please visit www.iam-magazine.com.

Patent Legislation

Congress Discusses Sales Bans on Products Infringing Industry-Standards Patents

July 13, 2012 - Following the eBay v. MercExchange ruling in 2006, courts have rarely issued permanent injunctions on products that infringe patents that are key in their respective industries. Instead, judges award damages. However, the strong precedent set by the eBay case is apparently not sufficient for lawmakers: The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing to discuss the antitrust implications of sales bans, and other departments of the federal government weighed in as well.

Patent Legislation

The Patent Reform Act of 2009 was introduced in the 111th Congress in March 2009. General Patent Corporation is opposed to this legislation, which is essentially the same bill introduced in 2007 that passed in the House but failed to gain passage in the Senate.

Click the links below for PDF versions of the Patent Reform Act of 2009 (House Bill H.R. 1260 and Senate Bill S. 515):

Patent Reform and the President-Elect: A Closer Look

In our pre-election issue of Wealth of Ideas (November 2008), we compared the technology platforms of both John McCain and Barack Obama with regard to their ideas on patent reform and patent protection - both here in the US and around the world. Now that Obama has emerged victorious and his cabinet is almost completely filled, what more do we know about his plans for patent reform?

Obama’s transition website - www.change.gov - features his technology policy unchanged from his campaign website, www.barackobama.com. No new clues there.

Patent Reform and the President-Elect: A Closer Look

In our pre-election issue of Wealth of Ideas (November 2008), we compared the technology platforms of both John McCain and Barack Obama with regard to their ideas on patent reform and patent protection - both here in the US and around the world. Now that Obama has emerged victorious and his cabinet is almost completely filled, what more do we know about his plans for patent reform?

Excerpt from "The Patent Profiteers" by Steven M. Cherry, IEEE Spectrum, June 2004 issue

Perhaps the oldest and most successful of these [patent enforcement companies] is General Patent Corp., Suffern, N.Y. Founder and president Alexander Poltorak says his 15-year-old "full service intellectual property management company" analyzes patents and assesses their value.

A patent's value, Poltorak explains, is its ability to bulwark legal claims leveled against companies that are making money with a product or service that might be infringing. Like Acacia [Technologies Group], General Patent then negotiates licenses, or, if necessary, initiates lawsuits.

Unlike Acacia, though, General Patent doesn't want to own or be assigned an inventor's patent; it's happy to provide services and collect fees, even a share of a litigation award. "The difference between the two companies is, we are not speculating on the patents," Poltorak says.

Excerpt from "The Patent Profiteers" by Steven M. Cherry, IEEE Spectrum, June 2004 issue

Perhaps the oldest and most successful of these [patent enforcement companies] is General Patent Corp., Suffern, N.Y. Founder and president Alexander Poltorak says his 15-year-old "full service intellectual property management company" analyzes patents and assesses their value.

A patent's value, Poltorak explains, is its ability to bulwark legal claims leveled against companies that are making money with a product or service that might be infringing. Like Acacia [Technologies Group], General Patent then negotiates licenses, or, if necessary, initiates lawsuits.

Trying to Cash In on Patents

By TERESA RIORDAN
The New York Times, June 10, 2002

ROYALTIES from inventions now earn an estimated $150 billion globally a year. With that amount expected to climb 30 percent annually for the next five years, it is little wonder that a number of patent licensing boutiques have sprung up to cash in on the action.