WASHINGTON, DC — November 18, 2013 —
BSA | The Software Alliance today stated its support for the goals of patent reform legislation introduced in the Senate by Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Committee Member Mike Lee (R-Utah) while also highlighting the need for additional refinements to ensure the bill’s proposed reforms work well in practice.
“Chairman Leahy has long been a champion of our patent system, working tirelessly to ensure the US remains the world’s innovation leader. Joining him in introducing this bill, Senator Lee also has demonstrated a strong commitment to innovation. The Patent Transparency and Improvements Act targets abusive litigation practices and promotes high-quality patents. BSA strongly supports those goals,” said BSA Director of Government Relations Tim Molino.
“The Leahy-Lee bill includes important provisions that improve transparency and accountability in patent litigation,” Molino said. “BSA shares the Chairman’s goal of protecting innocent customers from frivolous infringement claims. The ‘customer stay’ language in the bill is a great start but needs to be crafted carefully to ensure bad actors can’t game the system. We look forward to working with the Chairman to further improve our patent law.”