NAR Call for Action: Protect Realtors® from Patent Troll Abuse
Next week the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on H.R. 9 - The Innovation Act of 2015 which will take vital steps to protect the real estate industry from frivolous lawsuits brought by patent trolls. It is critical that you urge your Member of Congress to support this important legislation.
The National Association of Realtors is supporting H.R. 9 - The Innovation Act to close loopholes in our legal system that allows patent trolls to thrive. REALTORS® are targeted by patent trolls at alarming rates for simply using common business technologies like dropdown menus and search functions on websites or scan-to-email technologies found in every office scanner. Patent trolls exist solely to purchase old patents and to use the threat of expensive lawsuits to extort money from legitimate businesses. Congress must pass common-sense comprehensive patent litigation reform to protect Main Street businesses and REALTORS® from patent troll abuse.
Thank you for your support on this important legislative issue.
We're entering the time of year when there's a spike in water use because of the heat, landscape maintenance and longer days. With our persistent drought I hope that we all are being more conscious about our water use.
According to a report published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (Seasonal Patterns in Criminal Victimization Trends, http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5028) we're also entering the time of year when home burglaries, along with other crimes like theft and aggravated assault also spike. In both instances—water use and crime prevention—there are things that we can do to reduce both.