In the next few weeks, the United States House of Representatives will hold a critical vote on the H.R. 9 – The Innovation Act of 2015. This legislation will take vital steps to protect our industry from frivolous lawsuits brought by patent trolls, and it is critical that you urge your member of Congress to support it.
Restaurants continue to be targeted by patent trolls at alarming rates. Patent trolls do not manufacturer or make anything. They exist solely to purchase old patents and to use the threat of expensive lawsuits to extort money from legitimate businesses.
The Innovation Act will help close the loopholes in our legal system that allow trolls to thrive. Of particular importance for our industry, the legislation will:
1. Protect end users of products by ensuring claims between a patent owner and patent manufacturer go through the legal system first.
2. Reign in the cost of expensive discovery procedures, which trolls use to force settlements.
3. Deter trolls by giving judges the power to force those who bring frivolous lawsuits to pay all legal fees.
4. Make it harder for trolls to cherry pick which judges will hear their suits.
The Innovation Act has strong momentum in Congress, but there are opponents looking to stop the bill in the House. It is extremely important that Congress hear from restaurant owners and employees like you.
Click the take action button below and urge your Representative to support this legislation and the restaurant by voting YES for H.R. 9.
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