SIIA welcomes the introduction of the Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes Act (SHIELD Act). The legislation, sponsored by Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) is a strong response to the pressing problem of patent trolls by shifting the legal fees to the losing party when patent trolls lose their patent infringement cases.
The SHIELD Act sends a strong signal that Congress is serious about dealing with the patent troll problem this session of Congress, and that members of Congress fully understand the damage that patent trolls do to the economy, innovation and job creation.
SIIA is committed to working with Congress and the Administration to find effective solutions to this problem. Last year, we looked favorably on proposed legislation that would reduce the leverage of patent trolls by shifting the burden of discovery costs beyond the minimum necessary to litigate the case to the party seeking additional discovery. This idea and the fee shifting proposal contained in the SHIELD Act are thoughtful and effective ways to deal with patent troll litigation.
Ken Wasch is President of SIIA. Follow the SIIA Policy team on Twitter at @SIIAPolicy.