Dear Congress, the PTAB Hinders Innovation and Threatens National Security

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) effectively invalidates 84% of the patents it fully adjudicates. That fact comes directly from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) PTAB Trial Statistics FY23 End of Year Outcome. This astronomical PTAB invalidation rate has effectively shut down investment in early-stage startups, particularly in vital sectors that require […]

Shut Up! Denied Right to Defend Your Rights

Inventors naturally solve problems that others have not. Tom Waugh had a successful business in Alabama, providing fittings and parts for utility poles and electrical systems. Utility poles must be strong and durable, especially tall ones with many lines. The metal utility poles that existed before Tom got involved required taking large sheets of metal […]

Apple Goes To Amazing Lengths To Destroy Inventors

It used to be that a biometric sensor wouldn’t work on a moving body. A heart sensor would only work on a motionless person, like a patient in a coma. The solution that solved this problem was invented and patented by Dr. Steven LeBeouf. Dr. LeBeouf, who has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (no small […]

The Great Equalizer: Reflecting on My Role in Award-Winning Film

I have experienced firsthand the highs of success and the lows of participating in our country’s broken patent system. “The Great Equalizer,” a documentary I had the privilege to be a part of, directed by Pritchett Cotten and led by Luke Livingston, has just won an award for “Best Direction” from the Political Film Festival. […]

Multi-Billion-Dollar, Life-saving Inventor Invalidated

Not that long ago, replacing a heart valve required a complicated surgery. You had to have your chest opened, and your heart stopped. You had to be in pretty good shape to be allowed to receive this surgery, and even so, approximately 20% of the recipients died from the surgery. Things are quite different now […]

China Uses the USPTO to Take a Critical Minerals Market

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has perfected the art of stealing U.S. technologies and taking control of entire markets. Their methods range from the well-known, like forced technology transfers or outright stealing technology, to more subtle methods like enlisting the U.S. government to destroy U.S. company patents, clearing the way for the CCP to dominate […]