Press Release

CPF Statement On the Signing of The America Invents Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Coalition for Patent Fairness (CPF) issued this statement following the signing of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.

“The Coalition for Patent Fairness congratulates President Obama on the signing of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. This bill is an important step forward for the nation’s patent system and represents consensus among many key stakeholders and broad support across various industries.

“Included in this bill are critical provisions to strengthen and modernize the patent system, including: ensuring prior user rights under the new first-to-file system, preserving the sanctity of attorney client privilege, and adding needed misjoinder rules for litigation. These provisions will harmonize America’s patent system and allow us to continue to compete in the international marketplace.

“Today’s multi-patent technologies and complex global economy present new challenges that require a modern patent system. That system will require the work of not only Congress, but also the judicial branch, the International Trade Commission, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, companies, and inventors. The Coalition for Patent Fairness is looking forward to working with all the stakeholders to implement this bill.”

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. Coalition for Patent Fairness members include Adobe, Apple, Cisco, Dell, Google, Intel, Intuit, Micron, Oracle, RIM, SAP, and Symantec.

Contact: Amos Snead,