Patent News

Jul. 20, 2015

Heritage Action Statement in Opposition to H.R. 9


Washington D.C. — The America Invents Act of 2011 radically altered America’s patent law, and the impact of those changes and subsequent Supreme Court rulings continue to play out. Nonetheless, some in Congress want to move another round of sweeping reforms aimed primarily at “patent trolls.” Heritage Action opposes the Innovation Act (H.R. 9) and released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Patent rights are delicate and complicated, but the strength of the American patent is a critical component of economic growth. Rushed reforms, especially in the aftermath of a massive overhaul, are likely to produce unintended consequences like the weakening of patent rights. The House should give the system time to adjust to the 2011 reforms before moving forward on another set of transformational reforms. Heritage Action opposes H.R. 9. The bill should not come to the floor.”

Read the original statement here.