CPF Statement on Senate Judiciary Committee’s Failure to Advance Patent Reform Legislation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 21, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The following statement can be attributed to Matthew Tanielian, executive director of the Coalition for Patent Fairness.
“The member companies of the Coalition for Patent Fairness are stunned and deeply disappointed by the decision to remove comprehensive patent litigation reform legislation from the Senate Judiciary Committee’s agenda. Patent trolls and their special interest allies are the only winners today.
Patent litigation reform has broad, bipartisan support, demonstrated by a huge 325-vote majority in the House and the public support of President Obama. There was a bipartisan compromise that could pass the Senate Judiciary Committee available for consideration. It is hard to imagine what else the Senate Judiciary Committee needed to get this work done.
Thousands of businesses in the crosshairs of patent trolls were relying on the Senate to provide them with the relief they urgently need. How all of these industries, companies and small business owners could be left without any answers is astounding.
We will continue the fight to pass patent litigation reform. The patent troll problem that has brought us here continues to grow, undermining our patent system, draining resources from innovators and causing real harm to main street businesses across America. It is a problem that will be addressed.”
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The Coalition for Patent Fairness is a diverse group of companies and industry associations dedicated to enhancing U.S. innovation, job creation, and competitiveness in the global market by modernizing and strengthening our nation’s patent system.