SIIA Says Venue Reform Bill Offers Common Sense Action on Patents

For Immediate Release:

SIIA Communications Contact: Diane Pinto, 202.789.4480, dpinto@siia.net

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SIIA Says Venue Reform Bill Offers Common Sense Action on Patents

 

Washington D.C. (March 18, 2016) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association representing the software and digital content industries, announced support for legislation introduced today by Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) that takes an important step forward on patent litigation reform.

Mark MacCarthy, SIIA’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy, issued the following statement:

“The unfortunate reality is that the existing patent litigation framework enables trolls to siphon millions of dollars away from essential American research and development. Trolls have many legal tactics, but one that is unprecedented in any other area of law is their use of venue shopping. Underscoring the pervasiveness of this abuse is the fact that forty-five percent of all new patent cases in 2015 were filed in a single district court.

“SIIA welcomes Senator Flake’s legislation to restore balance to choice of forum rules in patent cases and address this economically damaging abuse of the legal system. The common sense proposal requires that at least one of the parties have an actual connection to the jurisdiction in which the lawsuit is filed—either because they have a facility there, or they performed relevant research and development there.” 

 

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