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Broad Coalition of Innovators Urges Senate to Reject Efforts to Expand Controversial CBM Program

Washington, DC — January 30, 2014 — 

A broad coalition of 114 companies and associations from across industry sectors, including BSA | The Business Software Alliance, today urged Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to reject efforts to expand the controversial Transitional Program for Covered Business Patents, known as the CBM program.

The coalition expressed its views in a letter joined by 114 signatories representing the American university community, biotechnology, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, financial services, energy, manufacturing, medical devices, technology, software, and telecommunications.

“The broad cross-section of 114 signatories on this letter demonstrates that including provisions to expand CBM would be a serious impediment to reaching consensus on any patent reform legislation,” said BSA Director of Government Relations Tim Molino. “Patent reform should make life harder for bad actors and easier for innovators. Expanding the CBM program would harm American inventors and US economic growth.”

Click here to download the letter.

The letter cites several dangers with expanding the program and making it permanent:

  • It would “create uncertainty and risk that discourage investment in any number of fields where we should be trying to spur continued innovation.”
  • It would “create a harmful precedent for our trading partners to enact exceptions in their laws to protect special interests in their countries.”
  • It could “inadvertently undermine many valid patents by giving infringers a new procedural loophole to delay enforcement.”
  • And it would “eviscerate the delicate balance that was struck with other new post-grant review programs in the AIA to ensure that patents would not be devalued by limiting serial challenges during the patent’s life.”

Click here to download the letter.

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