Background: Today, the House passed the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) sponsored by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) which would reform the patent litigation system.
The following statement is from USTelecom President Walter McCormick:
“We applaud the House of Representatives for taking a major step today toward combatting excessive patent litigation. H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act, makes targeted changes to current law in order to curtail abusive patent litigation behavior. Today’s strong bipartisan vote in support of the bill demonstrates recognition by the House of the impact excessive patent litigation is having across our entire economy. We realize that there is more work to do and appreciate Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy’s (D-Vt.) announcement of a December 17 hearing on the issue that we hope will culminate in committee action early next year.”
USTelecom is the nation’s premier trade association representing service providers and suppliers for the telecom industry. Its diverse member base ranges from large publicly traded communications corporations to small companies and cooperatives – all providing advanced communications services to both urban and rural markets.