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.