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Joint Letter Shows Broad Support for Targeted Patent Reforms

Washington, DC — October 18, 2013

BSA | The Software Alliance and a broad cross section of industry and public interest groups today urged Congress to enact common-sense patent reforms that will reduce the financial incentives that have been fueling a cottage industry of exploitative and often meritless patent suits.

The groups’ comments came in a joint letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. Signers included more than 60 technology and telecommunications companies, industry associations and public interest groups.

“It’s rare to have such broad-based political support for legislative proposals on an issue that affects so many industries,” said BSA Senior Vice President of External Affairs Matt Reid. “If Congress keeps the focus on curbing litigation abuses, there is a clear opportunity for broad consensus to enact effective legislation.”

“Everyone agrees predatory patent litigation is a drag on innovation and growth, and this letter shows there is broad support for reforms that reduce the incentive to engage in it,” Reid said. “The letter proposes four targeted reform measures that will make patent litigation less expensive and more efficient. That will help deter frivolous cases where the accuser’s goal is simply to extract a settlement, not win a judgment on the merits.”

Click here to download the joint letter.

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