ElliptiGO Press Release: ElliptiGO CEO Testifies on Proposed Changes to Patent Enforcement
SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (March 27, 2015)— Today, ElliptiGO Inc., the creator of the world’s first elliptical bicycle, announced that their CEO, Bryan Pate, testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet at a hearing held on March 24th, 2015 at the Capitol. The hearing was titled “Patent Reform: Protecting American Innovators and Job Creators from Abusive Patent Litigation.” Mr. Pate was one of four witnesses and the only representative from a company that makes a consumer product. “It was an honor and privilege to be invited to provide my perspective on the patent reform bill currently pending in the House.” Pate said. “The dialogue was lively and it is clear to me and some members of the subcommittee that there are elements of this pending legislation that will adversely impact companies like mine who make a patented product that can easily be copied by unscrupulous competitors overseas or here in the US. I support ending abusive litigation practices, but I’m concerned this bill will have unintended consequences that will result in the bill doing more harm than good.”
The bill at issue is H.R. 9 known as the Innovation Act. The text of the bill is available on the House of Representatives website. It is expected to move to the House floor soon for a vote. Pate’s position is supported by a large and broad coalition of technology companies, consumer product companies, biotechnology companies, universities, inventors and venture capitalists who share similar concerns about the pending legislation.
ElliptiGO, Inc. is the San Diego-based company that created the world’s first outdoor elliptical bicycle. Combining the best of running, cycling and the elliptical trainer, the ElliptiGO® delivers a high-performance workout experience that closely mimics running outdoors while eliminating the impact. Comfortable and easy to ride, elliptical biking is an effective way to build cardiovascular fitness without aggravating injuries and is great for everyone from the weekend warrior to the elite athlete. More than a dozen Olympians, 30 Universities, and 100 professional athletes are leveraging the ElliptiGO to get a cardio workout in without the jarring impact of running or the discomfort of sitting on a traditional bicycle. It’s the most fun and efficient way to get outside and be active. The full line of ElliptiGOs is available for purchase at select retailers nationwide and through the company’s website: www.elliptigo.com.