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SIIA Applauds the Obama Administration’s Focus on Improving the Patent System


Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, welcomes today’s announcement by the Obama Administration that it will make improvements to the patent system to strengthen the quality of the patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and foster innovation and to combat litigation abuse by patent trolls. SIIA is especially pleased that the Administration has issued a renewed call for Congress to enact meaningful patent litigation abuse legislation.

Mark MacCarthy, SIIA Vice President for Public Policy, said:

“Today’s announcement demonstrates that the Administration is committed to protecting American jobs and driving innovation by making necessary improvements to the patent system. Patent litigation abuse stifles innovation and damages our economy, and it is straining the patent system. The Administration today recognized that the Patent and Trademark Office needs more and better tools to improve the quality of the patents it issues and to protect consumers, retailers and other businesses from the underhanded tactics of patent trolls.

“Most significantly, SIIA supports the Administration’s renewed call for Congress to pass meaningful legislation this year. SIIA urges the Administration to encourage Chairman Leahy to work with Senators Cornyn and Grassley and other stakeholders to develop comprehensive and effective legislation that mirrors the Innovation Act passed by the House in December.”

About SIIA

SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. Information technology (IT) and software security are critical issues to SIIA’s members, many of whom strive to develop safe, secure and state-of the-art products that effectively serve their commercial and government customers alike, while protecting their intellectual property. For more information, visit www.siia.net.



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