Professors’ Letter in Support of Patent Reform Legislation

7 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2013

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Brian J. Love

Santa Clara University School of Law

Date Written: November 25, 2013


This open letter to Congress, signed by 61 professors who teach and write in the area of intellectual property law and policy, supports ongoing efforts to pass patent reform legislation. The letter explains how high litigation costs and a widespread lack of transparency in the patent system make abusive patent enforcement possible and, accordingly, makes six legislative recommendations that if enacted will help reduce the cost of patent litigation and expose abusive practices without degrading inventors’ ability to protect genuine, valuable innovations.

Keywords: patent reform, patent assertion entity, PAE, fee-shifting, e-discovery, customer suit exception, heightened pleading standard, real party in interest, demand letter

JEL Classification: O34, K41

Suggested Citation

Love, Brian J., Professors’ Letter in Support of Patent Reform Legislation (November 25, 2013). Available at SSRN: or

Brian J. Love (Contact Author)

Santa Clara University School of Law ( email )

500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
United States

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