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STRONGER Patents Act Draws Widespread Opposition from Tech Industry and Main Street
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 11, 2019) – The Software & Information Industry Association, the principal association for the software, information, and digital content industries, today came out in opposition to the “Support Technology & Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience” (STRONGER) Patents Act. The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property held a hearing on the legislation, which has drawn widespread opposition from Silicon Valley to Main Street, yesterday. The STRONGER Patents Act targets the inter partes review system, which permits the public to request the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to take a second look at patents if they have reason to believe that the patent should not have been issued, and changes the issuance of injunctions in federal litigation.
SIIA VP for Intellectual Property, Chris Mohr, issued the following statement:
“The STRONGER Patents Act would weaken America’s innovation ecosystem. It would make it more difficult and expensive for businesses to challenge bad patents, and enable the owner of a patent worth pennies to prevent the shipment of smartphones or software containing hundreds of components and worth thousands of dollars. The result would be less innovation, and higher prices for consumers. That’s why SIIA joined a multi-industry letter opposing this legislation.”
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.