Stop Patent Trolls - TAKE ACTION!

Stop Patent Trolls - TAKE ACTION!

It is essential that your Member of Congress understands why REALTORS®are supporting H.R. 9 - The Innovation Act of 2015.  H.R.9 will take vital steps to protect the real estate industry from frivolous lawsuits brought by patent trolls.  Right now the trolls are pushing back on Congress by using the same threats and extortion tactics they use on Main Street businesses to try to prevent an up or down vote in the House. It is critical that you urge your Member of Congress to support this important legislation – don’t let the trolls win.

Contact your Member of Congress to Stop Patent Trolls

The National Association of REALTORS® is supporting H.R. 9 - The Innovation Act to close loopholes in our legal system that allows patent trolls to thrive.  REALTORS® are targeted by patent trolls at alarming rates for simply using common business technologies like dropdown menus and search functions on websites or scan-to-email technologies found in every office scanner.  Patent trolls exist solely to purchase old patents and to use the threat of expensive lawsuits to extort money from legitimate businesses.  Congress must pass common-sense comprehensive patent litigation reform to protect Main Street businesses and REALTORS®from patent troll abuse.

Tell your U.S. Representative to support H.R. 9, the Innovation Act to stop patent trolls and protect the real estate industry from frivolous lawsuits.  

REALTORS® across the country receive threatening demand letters and lawsuits alleging patent infringement based on the use of common business tools such as drop down menus or search alert functions on websites and the scanner function on a copier. These patent trolls buy vague patents and use them to turn everyday business practices into potential lawsuits. 

H.R. 9 is scheduled for House floor consideration later this summer.   Congress must pass this common-sense comprehensive patent litigation reform to protect Main Street businesses and REALTORS® from patent troll abuse.

 

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Support H.R. 9 - The Innovation Act

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a REALTOR in your district, I am writing to ask that you support H.R. 9, the Innovation Act when it is scheduled for House floor consideration later this summer.

REALTORS across the country receive threatening demand letters and lawsuits alleging patent infringement based on the use of common business tools such as drop down menus or search alert functions on websites and the scanner function on a copier. These patent trolls buy vague patents and use them to turn everyday business practices into potential lawsuits. 

We and other small businesses are the victims of abusive behavior at the hands of these trolls. Patent trolls are hurting our economic recovery and forcing companies to divert money that would otherwise be spent to expand our businesses. As a result, targeted companies are left with few options: settle or go through costly, lengthy litigation.

The Innovation Act is a step forward that will protect businesses large and small from frivolous patent lawsuits that are a drain on industry and a tax on innovation. We urge you to pass H.R. 9.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]