Glenn Sanders – inventor and founder of Zaxcom, Inc. Despite winning an Emmy award for his ground-breaking wireless video recording technology, Glenn’s patents were invalidated by the chief judge of the PTAB.
Ray Perkins – inventor and founder of Eco World Group LLC. Ray came up with a slow-release compound for urea-based fertilizers that reduces water pollution by 30%, helping prevent red tide and algae blooms. His patents were attacked first by Koch Industries in regular court, then by Solvay at the PTAB.
Tom Pierson – inventor and founder of TAS Energy Inc. Tom’s turbine inlet chilling patent was stolen by a competitor and his patents were invalidated at the PTAB. Tom is featured in the documentary INVALIDATED: The Shredding of the U.S. Patent System
These inventors will explain their problems with the PTAB, how and why they lost their patent rights, and address issues such as:
-The PTAB has invalidated 84% of the patents they have reviewed (2,421 out of 2,872).
-There is no right to a jury trial at the PTAB.
-Compared to a regular court, the PTAB limits evidence, testimony, due process, and procedural safeguards.
-Compared to a regular court, the PTAB has a lower burden of proof for invalidation (preponderance rather than clear and convincing). -Most PTAB administrative patent judges have no technical experience and minimal legal experience.
-PTAB administrative judges often overrule examiners and federal judges who previously held a patent to be valid.
-The PTAB benefits mostly large corporations – top patent challengers include Apple (650 petitions), Samsung (540 petitions), Google (337 petitions), and Microsoft (224 petitions).
-It costs an average of $450,000 to defend a patent at the PTAB.
-PTAB typically adds 2 to 5 years to the duration of a lawsuit.