13 People Tweeting To Urge The Senate To #FixPatents
from the enough-with-the-trolls dept
This post originally appeared on the CEA Blog.
Following the recent one year anniversary of the House passage of the Innovation Act — a bill that would have stopped patent trolls from suing tech entrepreneurs but was ultimately blocked in the Senate — CEA highlights the top Twitter accounts covering the issue and the harm that patent trolls have on small businesses across the U.S.
Previously with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Executive Director of Engine Advocacy, Julie is arguably the top voice covering patent reform inside and outside the social media realm. Her blend of legal analysis and witty commentary breaks down the patent troll issue in a comprehensive, digestible form.
— Julie Samuels (@juliepsamuels) October 22, 2014
The Main Street Patent Coalition is a non-partisan group of organizations dedicated to clubbing patent trolls. With members ranging from the National Retail Federation to the American Gaming Association, their tweets highlight why common sense reform is critical to stopping patent abuse.
If trolls continue to shake down small businesses w/o consequences or costs, these scams will continue. We must #FixPatents.
— Main St. Patents (@MainStPatents) October 3, 2014
As the Director of Patent Reform at Public Knowledge, Charles knows a thing or two about how patent trolls have used the current legal system to their advantage.
— Charles Duan (@charles_duan) September 30, 2014
CEA?s Innovation Movement is keeping the pressure on the Senate by reaching out to tech enthusiasts across the country to tell their Senators to take action ? since trolls cost the U.S. economy $1.5 billion every week! NYC?s Nafees is a top advocate helping to tackle this issue.
— Nafees Nuruddin (@Nafierce) October 22, 2014
Lee, Newegg?s Chief Legal Officer, vowed to never settle with a patent troll ? and so far, he has a perfect record fighting them in court. Because getting the Senate to #FixPatents is something Lee is passionate about, he uses Twitter as tool to spread that message.
— Lee Cheng (@leechcheng) April 29, 2014
Patent Progress, off-shoot of the Computer and Communications Industry Association, advocates for smart laws regulating the digital economy. When not trying to save the U.S. economy from patent trolls, this Twitter account often features comics and videos finding humor in the legalized extortion that is patent trolling.
— Patent Progress (@PatentProgress) October 29, 2014
If you?re looking for insight about the Innovation Act in 140 characters, go straight to the source. Representative Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, sponsored the Innovation Act and helped to lead its charge out of committee in 2013.
— House Judiciary Cmte (@HouseJudiciary) October 1, 2014
Both a lawyer and policy reporter, Jeff offers great insight on the legal loopholes that enable patent trolls to extort tech entrepreneurs.
Want to invest in wearables or online video? Get ready to pay Intellectual Ventures' patent troll tax: https://t.co/7vXHYmvkki
— Jeff Roberts (@jeffjohnroberts) November 4, 2014
Todd founded the White Noise app and quickly learned what it means to fight a patent troll when his innovative product began to receive recognition. Patent trolls go after successful startups that are least able to defend themselves, and Todd has taken on a personal crusade to see their racket put to a stop.
— Todd Moore (@toddmoore) October 22, 2014
Techdirt’s own Mike Masnick consistently provides timely coverage of extortionist patent troll lawsuits.
Rackspace Helps Kill A Patent Troll: Rotating Your Smartphone Is No Longer Infringing http://t.co/k9Cihy9GKr
— techdirt (@techdirt) September 25, 2014
Timothy has a knack for explaining complex issues affecting the tech community in a short, concise manner ? so it should come as no surprise that he is now serving as the senior editor of Vox.com and uses Twitter to succinctly breakdown the issue of patent litigation reform.
A lot of businesses targeted by patent trolls are so small that the costs of mounting a defense can bankrupt them.
— Timothy B. Lee (@binarybits) October 9, 2014
With members ranging from Intel to Lyft, the App Developers Alliance supports entrepreneurs by advocating for smart public policies. Their Twitter account is a great resource for all things tech policy, especially the importance of patent litigation reform.
— Apps Alliance (@AppsAlliance) September 24, 2014
Last, but certainly not least, Ars Technica?s Twitter account dedicated to covering the intersection of technology, law and policy features the latest articles from Joe Mullin, whom we dub ?patent troll editor-in-chief.?
— Ars Tech Policy (@ArsLaw) October 2, 2014
The Innovation Movement, sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association, unites those who believe innovation is critical to American global leadership and economic growth. The Innovation Movement uses grassroots advocacy tools to support smart public policies, like patent litigation reform, that foster startups and innovation. To learn more about the Innovation Movement?s work fighting patent trolls, visit?trollticker.com,?follow on Twitter @imovement?and?like Innovation Movement on Facebook.