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Public Patent Foundation

  • New York, NY
  • www.pubpat.org

Mission Statement

Many patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are undeserved. They are granted for several reasons, including that the Patent Office was not aware of significant prior art (knowledge already in the public domain), that the Patent Office's employees are not given sufficient time and resources to do an effective screening of patent applications and that the rules regarding how patents are granted are skewed through perverse patent policy to favor applicants. Undeserved patents injure the public because they can be used by private actors to preclude activity that would otherwise be permissible, if not desirable. This causes prices for goods to be artificially high, the advancement of science to be thwarted, and civil liberties to be inappropriately restrained.

Most people still do not realize how significantly undeserved patents and unsound patent policy are assailing their health, their freedoms, and their wallets. The pharmaceutical and information technology industries are full of markets hampered by undeserved patents. Similarly, free speech, privacy, and other individual liberties are increasingly being threatened by undeserved patents, especially as daily life becomes more technologically dependent. Unfortunately, the interests of the public to be free from undeserved patents and unsound patent policy are not adequately represented. As such, there is great need for a public service organization to represent those interests. PUBPAT is that organization.

Service Areas

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National

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ruling year

2004

Principal Officer

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Daniel Ravicher

Keywords

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patent, patents, technology, science, invention, freedom, medicine, health, speech, public, idea

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EIN

20-0236613

 Number

7644130085

Also Known As

PUBPAT

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Program 1

PUBPAT accomplishes its mission through the following activities. Protecting the Public Domain For various reasons, many of the patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("PTO") actually contain no innovation. Such patents effectively allow private actors to recapture ideas that were previously in the public domain. PUBPAT protects the public domain from being recaptured in new patents. PUBPAT's primary tool for protecting the public domain is filing requests for re-examination with the PTO. A reexam request is the formal mechanism for asking the PTO to revoke an issued patent on the grounds that its idea is not new, but is instead nothing more than a reformulation of information that was already public. Educating and Advocating PUBPAT advocates for improvements to the patent system and educates the public about the esoteric issues implicated by patents, specifically how they impact everyday life. PUBPAT advocates on behalf of sound patent policy before the courts, in the PTO, and through participation in relevant conferences, while PUBPAT educates through public presentations, one-on-one discussions and publication of articles. PUBPAT also uses its other activities as the basis for normative research studying the patent system to determine whether it strikes the proper balance between incentivizing innovation and benefiting the public.

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PUBLIC PATIENT FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31

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Principal Officer

Daniel Ravicher

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