SXSW: How to reform the nation’s patent laws for entrepreneurs and small businesses
Companies that purchase patents are increasingly targeting independent inventors and small businesses, drawing calls for Congress to act more quickly in reforming the nation’s patent laws.
Only there’s little consensus over how to improve the system — which was the of subject of a discussion among patent attorneys at the South by Southwest gathering here on Monday.
“More and more, we’re seeing Main Street businesses being sued on patents, often for using basic online tools,” Lee Dunn, senior counsel at Google’s legal and policy office in Washington, said during the event held at this week’s Startup Village in Austin, Tex. “We need to find a solution that can reduce the risk for small and medium companies.”