Tech giants fight patent reform

IBM, Microsoft and the Software Alliance are against expansion of patent reviews by the USPTO

In his State of the Union address, President Obama emphasized his support of patent reform legislation currently under consideration in Congress. Many large companies have voiced their support for the bill, including tech companies like Cisco, Google and others. But not every big business is in favor of the proposed reforms, and many banded together to express that displeasure.

The Senate Judiciary Committee received a letter from The Software Alliance and more than one hundred other groups. The letter addressed the proposed expansion of the patent-review program in place at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), claiming that it would hurt American innovation and harm America’s competitive advantage around the world.

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Rich Steeves

Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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