There is a developing crisis in America in which companies of all sizes and industries, including travel, are held hostage by frivolous lawsuits and overly broad claims by patent trolls. It is imperative that we change this situation and take back the patent litigation system, which was designed to promote innovation and investment to benefit the entire American economy.
Over the past five years, the number of patent infringement suits filed by patent trolls has more than tripled. The vast majority of these suits are frivolous and based on overly broad and vague charges alleging patent infringement. They demand unjustified payments from innocent businesses and try to coerce these largely small and medium-sized businesses to in effect pay protection money.
The U.S. Travel Association has joined a broad coalition of businesses and associations fighting to reclaim the patent litigation process so it can fulfill its original purpose: fostering new ideas and innovation, and investment in groundbreaking businesses that can spur the American economy for years to come.
U.S. Travel is working with the United for Patent Reform coalition on multiple fronts to change the system to penalize patent trolls for coercive claims and frivolous lawsuits, and discourage further abusive activities.