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SIIA Commends House Judiciary Committee’s Examination of Bad Patents
Washington D.C. (July 13, 2017) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, today commended the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property for its hearing about the impact of bad patents. The Committee examined the state of the patent system and the economic damage caused by bad patents, and heard from a mapping technology company, a former federal circuit judge, financial services firms, and startups.
SIIA’s Vice President for Intellectual Property, Chris Mohr, issued the following statement:
“The committee heard compelling testimony about the importance of quality patents and the benefits of the inter partes provisions of the America Invents Act. The diverse group of witnesses made powerful statements about the benefits these policy initiatives have brought for startups and financial services, and their role in ensuring a balanced patent system. We commend the Committee for continuing its work on reform and its focus on patent quality.
“Action in Congress and the courts, including the recent Supreme Court decision in the TC Heartland case, have been helpful in limiting abuse. However, these one-off advances are not a substitute for true litigation reform. There are many other things that need to be done, and that only Congress can do.”
SIIA is an umbrella association that represents constituencies from technology, data and media companies. Through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations, SIIA provides a network of resources for its 800+ member companies that drive innovation and growth. For more information, visit www.siia.net.