SIIA Says Judiciary Passage of The Innovation Act is Positive Sign for Patent Reform

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SIIA Says Judiciary Passage of The Innovation Act is Positive Sign for Patent Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 11, 2015) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) the principal association for the software and digital content industries, today applauded the House Judiciary Committee’s approval of H.R. 9, The Innovation Act.  SIIA Vice President of Public Policy Mark MacCarthy commented:

“Today’s action was an important step forward for patent reform and a positive sign that Congress can get patent litigation abuse legislation passed this year.  Abusive patent litigation is a significant drain on the American economy and it is doing real harm to innovation in our country.  It is increasingly clear that leading members on both sides of the aisle share a desire to find an effective solution that can meet with bipartisan and bicameral approval.

“In particular, we were pleased to see that the Committee was able to come to an agreement on venue and discovery, and that members expressed a commitment to address the pleading provision.  We are also thankful to the Committee for maintaining the existing inter partes review (IPR) program.  We applaud the work of Chairman Goodlatte and Reps. Issa, Lofgren, Farenthold, Nadler and others, and we will continue working closely with members to improve the legislation and move it forward as swiftly as possible.”

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