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Since the 2011 America Invents Act, thousands of inventors have been stripped of their patent rights by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), the tribunal within the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Shockingly, the USPTO continues to team up with big corporations to steal our inventions and revoke our patent rights.
On Friday, October 25, inventors Glen Sanders and Howard Stark go on trial in a Gladiator style spectacle. The USPTO is partnering with the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) to hold a public trial in front of the 1,000+ lawyers and bureaucrats, representatives of the public-private partnership that created and profits massively from perpetual attacks on the patent rights of inventors.
Glen, the founder, and president of the company that lawfully manufactures his patented invention is expected to be the only inventor in the packed auditorium. The AIPLA has declined our offer to participate in the conference on behalf of inventors. Prior PTAB trials were incredibly unjust and devoid of due process, but making it a spectacle is unconscionable. It is the Hunger Games for inventors.
In this case, Glen and Howard have been indicted by the PTAB of the charge of falsely claiming to have invented the Zaxcom wireless recording transmitter. We know for a fact that Glen and Howard invented a device that never existed before and that is was so innovative that they received both an Emmy and an Oscar award for it. Yet the USPTO represented by the Chief “Judge” of the PTAB says it was obvious and is threatening to cancel their patent. Not only is the USPTO undermining the integrity of the patent system, but they are also forcing inventors to expend hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal defense, in hopes of keeping a patent they were already granted. More background on this issue is published at IP Watchdog.
Please join us in showing solidarity for Glen, Howard, and the thousands of inventors that have been victimized by this un-American kangaroo court. Inventors deserve respect, not humiliation, ridicule, and unjust attacks on our patents and small businesses.
We will begin on October 25 at 7:00 AM, with media and VIP appearances from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. We will gather in front of the Gaylord Resort at National Harbor, MD. Stand with us for all inventors and for our nation.
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