Tech Companies Battle Over Patent Protection Expansion Bills

Two factions of tech companies are in a battle with lawmakers over current legislative efforts to allow the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office (USPTO) to examine more closely the validity of patents at the center of lawsuits between several tech companies.

A letter sent to lawmakers on Monday by trade group Application Developers Alliance and signed by 247 app developers, tech industry CEOs and startup founders, argued that the patent review process should be expanded to cover patents such as software and computer products.

In another letter sent Monday to the leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, a group of over 100 companies and organizations argued that proposed bills to expand the patent review process would "harm U.S. innovators… by unnecessarily undermining the rights of patent holders" and will "create uncertainty and risk that discourage investment in any number of fields where we should be trying to spur continued innovation."

The dueling letters are taking aim at bills by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Judy Chu (D-Calif.) that would make permanent and expand the patent review process in the America Invents Act.

Source: The Hill

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