From the Alliance

Jun. 4, 2015

Innovation Alliance Statement on Senate Judiciary Committee Passage of Patent Act

Washington D.C. – Innovation Alliance Executive Director Brian Pomper released the following statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s passage of the PATENT Act (S.1137):

“It is clear from the markup this morning that significant work remains on the PATENT Act before it can be widely supported by stakeholders and the broader Senate. Concerns remain on the potential for abuse of the customer stay provision as currently drafted, the overbreadth of the pleadings and discovery provisions, and the need to adopt measures to address ongoing abuse in the inter partes review system. The Innovation Alliance will continue to advocate for common sense improvements to these provisions to ensure that the PATENT Act targets the existing abuse by some patent plaintiffs without creating new avenues for abuse by patent defendants in the future. We can strengthen our patent laws without undermining intellectual property rights and crippling a system that is so important to incentivizing innovation and job creation in our country.”


The Innovation Alliance represents innovators, patent owners and stakeholders from a diverse range of industries that believe in the critical importance of maintaining a strong patent system that supports innovative enterprises of all sizes. Innovation Alliance members can be found in large and small communities across the country, helping to fuel the innovation pipeline and drive the 21st century economy. Learn more at

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