By: Josh Sloat
Illustration: Declan Wrede
Episode 7: American Inventor Horror Story
10 Years of AIA and the PTAB
Listen in as we discuss the impact of the AIA and the PTAB with inventors gathered as part of the "Decade of Stolen Dreams" rallies, happening in front of regional USPTO offices all across the country, marking the 10 year anniversary of the passage of the America Invents Act – an event described by advocacy groups as the worst event in U.S. patent history.
The inventors and entrepreneurs at the rally we attended, all from diverse backgrounds with very different stories, have one thing in common and that is their shared belief that the AIA and the PTAB – with its eye-popping 84% invalidation rate – have crippled innovators and created a Decade of Stolen Dreams, ruining the lives of countless inventors and shutting down numerous start-ups, in favor of Big Tech and multinational corporations.
In this episode, we break down the AIA and PTAB through a wide array of personal perspectives from inventors, patent practitioners, and even a former USPTO patent examiner. We explore its origins, core problems, and proposed solutions. We also provide some very practical tips that inventors should consider now to help future-proof their patents, should they ever find themselves on the receiving end of an IPR.
Inventors are not only the real engine of our economy, but they’re also the reason we do what we do here at Aurora. This is a complex issue, with high stakes, involving the people who matter most to our business and what the world will look like for our kids, so we can’t think of a better use of a podcast episode than to lend a voice and hopefully shine a light on the key issues and some potential solutions.
I am joined today by an exceptional group of industry experts, founders, and inventors including:
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If you haven’t listened to our episodes on patent searching or patent monetization, we highly recommend you also give them some ears. In this episode, we talk a fair amount about importance of searching prior art and how it’ll help if you ever find yourself facing the PTAB. It tees in wonderfully with the context and strategy bits Shelley and Louis cover in the prior episodes. Be sure to check 'em out.
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