This week the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on H.R. 9 – The Innovation Act of 2015, which would increase protections to the real estate industry from frivolous lawsuits brought by patent trolls. This important legislation would close loopholes in our legal system that currently allow Patent Trolls to target REALTORS® for using common business technologies like dropdown menus, search functions on websites, or scan-to-email technologies found in every office scanner.
On Monday, July 12th, the National Association of REALTORS® launched a Call for Action and is asking all REALTORS® to contact their Members of Congress and urge them to support H.R. 9 – The Innovation Act.
If you have not yet responded to this CFA, please visit the Call for Action webpage to do so. As of today, over 1,350 of our members have contacted their Member of Congress to urge them to support this legislation. For up to date response rates, please visit the Realtor Action Center.
To learn more about Patent Trolls, please watch this brief video. You can also visit the Patent Page on NAR’s website. Please also read the letter that was sent to the Massachusetts delegation on behalf of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®.
(Please note: This blog post was prepared by MAR Legal Staff: Michael McDonagh, General Counsel; Ashley Stolba, Associate Counsel; and Justin Davidson, Legislative & Regulatory Counsel. Edited by Christine Howe, Public Policy and Finance Coordinator)