Inventors Protest PTAB on Supreme Court Steps

By Gene Quinn
November 28, 2017

Yesterday, a group of dedicated inventors took to the steps of the United States Supreme Court in order to protest the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Green’s Energy Group, LLC, and SAS Institute Inc. v. Matal, the inventors protest focused on the erosion of patent rights and the need for patents to be considered property rights.

“The erosion of patent rights that we have experienced in recent years must be stopped now,” wrote Randy Landreneau in advance of the protest. “The greatest cause of our time is the correction of the American Patent System – the return to a system that provides an actual intellectual property right, signified by a U.S. Patent, to any inventor regardless of income status.”

What follows is a picture diary of the protest, with the signs largely speaking for themselves.

Pictures all taken by Julie Pixler © 2017, and used here with permission.

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Gene Quinn

Gene Quinn is a Patent Attorney and Editor and founder of IPWatchdog.com. Gene is also a principal lecturer in the PLI Patent Bar Review Course and an attorney with Widerman Malek. Gene’s specialty is in the area of strategic patent consulting, patent application drafting and patent prosecution. He consults with attorneys facing peculiar procedural issues at the Patent Office, advises investors and executives on patent law changes and pending litigation matters, and works with start-up businesses throughout the United States and around the world, primarily dealing with software and computer related innovations. is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire, is a Registered Patent Attorney and is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. CLICK HERE to send Gene a message.

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  1. EG November 28, 2017 7:30 am

    Hey Steve,

    Great picture show. If only those 9 characters from SCOTUS would view this show, may be they might understand what’s REALLY AT STAKE. (A “wish and prayer,” but I’ll make it anyway.)

  2. Bemused November 28, 2017 11:08 am

    Kudos to US Inventor – Paul Morinville, Randy Landreneau and Josh Malone for organizing and attending this rally. Its the commitment and efforts of folks like this that give small inventors and patent owners some hope that the battle over patent rights will be won. Well done, gentlemen!

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