SIIA commends the House passage, with a vote of 325-91, of the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309). Today Congress took an tremendously important and bipartisan step towards ending patent litigation abuse without harming the patent protections that spur innovation. After several years of debate, discussion and negotiation, the legislation passed today offers a very good solution that will help protect American jobs and drive innovation.
We are pleased that the Innovation Act includes important provisions relating to real-party-in-interest transparency, heightened pleading standards, fee shifting, and core document discovery limitation. These are essential components of any effective patent litigation reform, and we want to make certain they remain as the legislation moves forward.
The strong, bipartisan vote on this bill demonstrates that there is significant momentum to put effective patent abuse reforms into law. SIIA applauds Chairman Goodlatte for his leadership, and we will continue to work closely with him, Senator Leahy and other leaders in Congress to accomplish the vital goal of restoring confidence to our patent system. We urge the Senate to move promptly on this crucial legislation.
Ken Wasch is President of SIIA. Follow the SIIA Policy team on twitter at @SIIAPolicy.