Friday, November 22, 2013 - 16:49

It was a fast paced week on the Hill as Goodlatte's Innovation Act, H.R. 3309 was passed by the House Judiciary Committee. We expect more break neck speed action after the Thanksgiving holiday, as the bill makes its way toward a House vote.
Here are a few highlights from the week in media:

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 09:25
More than a dozen letters of opposition have streamed in this week as the business community weighs in on HR 3309. The letters come from inventors, Higher Education (AAU, ACE, AAMC, APLU, AUTM, COGR), BioTech (BIO), Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), Patent Office Professional Association (POPA), the American Bar Association (ABA), the Innovation Alliance and more. Read through their concerns here.

Friday, November 15, 2013 - 11:54
Media coverage of patent reform has been gaining momentum. Each week, we will share links to a few stories we believe shed light on issues related to the various bills.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 02:36
Strong patent rights have played a crucial role in the U.S. since its founding. Article I, section 8, clause 8 of the Constitution gives Congress the power “[t]o promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries,” and leaders like George Washington, James Madison, and Abraham Lincoln have spoken of the importance of patent rights. Today, a strong U.S. patent system remains an essential component of American economic success.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 02:36

Several Members of Congress propose stay provisions as part of patent litigation legislation. These stay proposals direct courts to stay judicial proceedings against vendors, manufacturers, and end-users of a product when a retailer or manufacturer farther “upstream” in the distribution chain of the product or component that is covered by the patent is a party in the infringement suit.

Stay proposals aim to spare “innocent” end-users from patent litigation suits and promote the efficient resolution of infringement cases by placing the burden of litigation on “manufacturers.” However, current stay proposals raise numerous negative consequences, without promoting judicial fairness and efficiency. These proposals are drafted too broadly, invite abuse by infringers who want to limit their damages, prevent patent holders from obtaining relief in court, and actually increase patent litigation.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 02:35

The Innovation Alliance, a coalition of R&D-based technology companies, supports measures to improve patent quality and curb excessive litigation costs for all users of the patent system. Certain reform proposals recently circulated by the White House and in Congress, however, would unfairly diminish the value and enforceability of patents. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 02:35

The U.S. General Accountability Office calls into serious question whether there is a NPE patent litigation problem and, accordingly, whether broad new legislation constraining the activities of NPEs is necessary. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 02:34

A strong patent system is the backbone of American competitiveness in the global economy. The U.S.’s intellectual property portfolio is estimated to be worth approximately $5.5 trillion, and royalties and license fees account for a trade surplus of around $80 billion.