The Need for
Balanced Reform

Abusive patent litigation creates a heavy burden for companies across the US economy — slowing innovation, undermining competitiveness and stunting economic growth. The problem demands targeted legislative solutions that balance the scales in the legal system to make life harder for bad actors and better for innovators.

BSA recommends four principles for effective patent reform:

1. Litigation abuses are the problem, not
    patents.

2. The solution is to deter bad actors by
    reducing the skewed incentives in the
    legal system that make opportunistic
    litigation an attractive business model.

3. The law should provide the same
    incentives for all inventors;
    discriminating against certain types of
    technology innovation would undermine
    US competitiveness.

4. Improving patent quality is critical, and
    USPTO cannot do its vital part without
    adequate resources.


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Resources

  Joint Industry Letter Urging Legislation to Curb Troll Litigation, 04/30/2014
  BSA Amicus Brief in CLS v. Alice Corporation, 02/27/2014
  Summary of Provisions in Pending Patent Legislation, 02/01/2014
  CBM Expansion Would Hurt Innovative Small Businesses, 01/31/2014
  Broad Coalition Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Opposing CBM Expansion, 01/30/2014
  BSA Letter Urging Support for the Innovation Act in the House of Representatives, 12/03/2013
  Support for H.R. 3309 as Reported Out by Judiciary

Other Voices

Breitbart on CBMs: “Google Seeks Advantage in Patent Reform,” 11/27/13
Forbes on CBMs: “Will Patent Reform Aid or Cripple Companies and Investors?” 11/12/13
RedState on CBMs: “Stop Trial Lawyers But Protect Innovators,” 11/11/13
Patriot Action on CBMs: “Big Business Angling for New Loophole to Steal Patents,” 11/10/13
Human Events on CBMs: “Congress to Give Google, Trolls A Patent Theft ‘Hall Pass’,” 11/10/13
Kappos Offers Fact-Driven Analysis of the Software Patent System, BSA Techpost 11/20/2012