WASHINGTON, DC — December 5, 2013 —
BSA | The Software Alliance today commended the US House of Representatives for passing the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309), an important bipartisan bill sponsored by Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) to curb abusive patent litigation while preserving incentives to innovate.
“Passing the Innovation Act in the House is a great accomplishment that gets us a step closer to disarming patent trolls,” said BSA President and CEO Victoria Espinel. “Chairman Goodlatte and his co-sponsors deserve special praise for their leadership in getting us to this point.”
“By reducing the financial incentive for bad actors to engage in predatory litigation practices, the Innovation Act provides a solid framework for needed reform,” said Espinel. “BSA strongly supports measures such as fee shifting, curbing discovery abuse, making patent cases more efficient, and requiring patent holders to be precise in their claims and transparent about their ownership structures.”
“We appreciate the leadership Chairman Goodlatte and his colleagues provided throughout the committee process,” Espinel said. “By taking direct aim at the abusive practices in patent litigation and avoiding measures that threaten patents in some cutting-edge technologies, the final House bill strikes an important balance that will make life harder for bad actors and better for innovators.”
“We look forward to working with the Senate to continue this progress toward needed reform,” said Espinel. “One area that will require further consideration is the provision to protect innocent customers from frivolous claims. BSA supports that goal, but we believe the language should be improved to ensure it works as intended.”