Proposed bipartisan bill protect biz owners from patent trolling
Representatives from three states, including Colorado Democrat Jared Polis, of Boulder, on Monday re-introduced the bipartisan Demand Letter Transparency Act to tackle the growing problem of patent trolls.
Increasingly, businesses of every size are finding themselves on the receiving end of patent infringement demand letters. These letters, which seemingly come out of nowhere, often make allegations that the use of everyday technology — including wireless email, digital video streaming and the interactive web — is in violation of a patent holder’s rights.
Rather than running the risk of complicated and expensive litigation in federal court, many of these businesses simply choose to settle these claims, wasting valuable resources.
“We must put an end to the deceptive and unfair practices of patent trolls,” Polis said. “Making demand letters more transparent and more detailed, along with stricter enforcement and oversight, is a critical piece of a comprehensive patent reform strategy to eliminate the harmful impact of these modern-day scam artists.”
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The Demand Letter Transparency Act aims to assist small companies and end users who lack the money, time and resources to fight demand letters they receive from patent assertion entities (PAEs) by putting additional information about claims at their fingertips, enabling them to determine whether to ignore, settle or defend against assertions made by a PAE.
Specifically, the bill would: increase disclosure requirements of PAEs by requiring any entity, other than an original inventor or university, to submit to the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) certain information. It would create a demand letter database at the PTO, in consultation with the U.S. Attorney General, that would be a publically accessible and searchable. Finally, it would increase demand letter requirements for any entity sending a demand letter to help those receiving the letter better identify the patents and claims in question. These requirements include identifying and explaining in a more thorough way each patent allegedly infringed, each claim of infringement, and the instrument accused of infringement.
“For too long bad actors have been abusing patents as a means of extortion from businesses of all sizes, including the mom and pop small businesses in my district,” Marino said. “The entire scheme of patent litigation abuse begins with demand letters that often-times make vague claims of infringement… It’s time we put an end to these unfair, deceptive practices and demand heightened transparency around demand letters.”
BRECKENRIDGE OPENS BIDS FOR REVAMPED GOLF CLUB IRRIGATION SYSTEM
The Town of Breckenridge is looking for contractors to complete an irrigation system remodel on the original 18 holes of the Breckenridge Golf Club. The project also includes renovations on 76 sand bunkers spread between all 27 holes at the club.
To be considered, the town must receive proposals before 4 p.m. on June 3. Contractors can send proposals my mail to Jim Byers at Breckenridge Golf Course Maintenance, PO Box 168 in Breckenridge, 80424.
An RFP packet for the bid is found online with submission and project requirements. All questions about the project can be emailed to Byers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW BRECK TOURISM OFFICE HOSTS BUSINESS MIXER TODAY AT THE CANTEEN
The Breckenridge Ambassadors group is hosting the Breckenridge Tourism Office’s April mixer at the Canteen Tap House and Tavern.
The mixer will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. today, with beer and light refreshments from the Canteen and Bud Light. Admission is $5 at the door, and the event is open to the public.
A Breckenridge Tourism Office mixer is a great opportunity to network with other business people from the community in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.
The Canteen is found at 208 North Main Street in Breckenridge. For more information on the mixer contact the Breckenridge Tourism Office at 970.453.5058.
MEDIAN CONSTRUCTION ON SH 9 KICKS BACK INTO HIGH GEAR THIS WEEK
The Colorado Department of Transportation and APC Southern Construction yesterday resumed work on State Highway 9 between Frisco and Breckenridge. Work includes median cleanup and project finalization. This work is expected to finish by the end of May.
During construction, motorists can expect minimal traffic impacts, with daily single-lane closures both northbound and southbound. Working hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Speed limits will be reduced to 45 mph through the construction zone.
Construction on the highway and medians, which began in June 2013, is in its final stages after crews took a break for the winter months. The project is part of a larger effort to widen SH 9 to accommodate increased traffic on the highway.
For questions about the project, contact CDOT’s SH9 Public Information Team at email@example.com or call the project hotline at (970) 423-9822. Live road conditions are available at http://www.cotrip.org or by calling 511 from anywhere in the state.
SAN DIEGO COMPANY RELEASES FIRST HANDHELD CANNABIS ANALYZER
A San Diego company recently launched the first portable analyzer to help cannabis users test their pot before they consume.
CDx Inc., a third-party provider in the science and technology realm, has unveiled My Diagnostic. Dubbed MyDx, is a portable way for consumers to trust and verify what they ingest into their bodies easily, inexpensively and in real time.
The analyzer is a portable “electronic nose” to bring handheld testing capabilities to consumers. It leverages the latest in nanotechnology to accurately measure chemicals of interest, anywhere and at anytime, including the cannabis chemical THC.
“Our vision for MyDx is to empower consumers to test the safety and potency of everything they eat, drink and inhale,” says Daniel Yazbeck, the chief executive officer at CDx and a former business consultant to Fortune 500 companies, including Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and Panasonic.
The analyzer’s proprietary technology, which was used by NASA, is centered on a portable chemical sensing and analyzing methodology. The company’s first product suite includes the MyDx Analyzer, CannaDx Sensor and MyDx App. Together, the device analyzes chemical and molecule profiles present in a given cannabis sample.
DENVER STARTUP LAUNCHES COMBO REDDIT AND INSTAGRAM PLATFORM FOR MJ USERS
Duby, a first-of-its-kind app that lets cannabis enthusiasts share content anonymously and influence others across the globe, launched last week in the iTunes App Store.
Users can “light up” a new Duby—in the form of a picture, video or text—and then pass the message to fellow users.
“Cannabis is one of the top themes on social media, yet most social media outlets restrict marijuana-related posts,” Duby co-founder Alec Rochford said. “Duby is a viral social network that allows the cannabis community to discover the latest marijuana trends and conversations.”
Duby’s unique algorithm allows users to share information in a new way — anonymously and location based. The concept is not to collect friends, but to increase your influence by posting content that is passed around among users.
Duby’s proprietary algorithm gives anyone with compelling content the ability to share a Duby post among legal cannabis users, reaching an audience of millions. Users can also track how far their posts spread on a live map.
In addition to its one-of-a-kind information-sharing concept, privacy is central to the app. Users have complete anonymity through the use of location obfuscation, input sanitation and personal anonymity measures, including explicit protection of personally identifiable information and the inability to privately message other users.
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