Washington, D.C. – Today a broad coalition representing many vital sectors of the American economy expressed their support for the Innovation Act (H.R. 9). This bipartisan bill – introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif..), Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), and House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Ranking Member Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) – takes steps to combat the ever increasing problem of abusive patent litigation.  H.R. 9 was recently reported out of the House Judiciary Committee by an overwhelming vote and will be considered by the full House of Representatives in the coming weeks.

Here’s some of what folks are saying. The full list of supporters can be found here.

UNITED for Patent Reformrepresenting 190 businesses and organizations: “The need for Congressional action to stop abusive patent litigation is clearer than ever. This year is now on track to have more patent lawsuits filed than any year in history. Sixty-eight percent of all patent lawsuits brought in the first half of 2015 have been filed by Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs).  As the diversity of our membership suggests, these lawsuits have been targeted at businesses large and small and in every corner of the American economy from Main Street businesses to technology companies.

“The Innovation Act is a carefully crafted and balanced measure that protects the rights of patent holders and inventors during the litigation process while at the same time closing loopholes that allow PAEs to thrive.” 

Consumer Electronics Association (CEA): “We commend the Judiciary Committee for crafting a comprehensive bill addressing patent litigation abuse and passing it by a strong, bipartisan 24-8 vote. This balanced, common-sense legislation closes the legal loopholes used by patent trolls—individuals and companies that don’t invent or manufacture, but simply abuse our patent system to extort American innovators. At the same time the bill strengthens our patent system, maintains the rights of legitimate businesses to enforce legitimate patents and supports continued innovation by U.S. companies.

“American innovation can’t afford the ongoing tidal wave of patent troll demand letters, threats and lawsuits. Now is the time for comprehensive patent reform.”

National Association of Broadcasters (NAB): “NAB is supportive of efforts to curtail abusive patent practices that stifle innovation, hurt economic growth and cost jobs. We will continueto work with Chairman Goodlatte and other congressional leaders as patent reform legislation progresses through Congress.”

American Institute of CPAs (AICPA): “The AICPA strongly supports the Innovation Act, which we believe addresses the misuse of the patent system and will rid the courts of frivolous and unnecessary lawsuits.  The Innovation Act implements many vital measures that will strengthen industry and promote innovation.”

Learn more about the Innovation Act by clicking here.