SAN JOSE, Calif. Two industry group attacked draft patent reform legislation proposed in the U.S, House of Representatives. The Innovation Alliance which represents a diverse set of electronics and biotech companies said the post-grant review procedures in H.R. 1260 would let infringers "subject valid patents to lengthy and repeat challenges."
The alliance was one of several groups including the 21st Century Coalition for Patent Reform that supported a compromise on post-grant review struck by backers of patent reform in the Senate in February. However, a committee meeting in the House Wednesday (May 5) suggested the House version of the bill may not agree with the changes made in the Senate version (S.515).
If a bill is to be passed, both houses of Congress need to approve versions of the bill and differences between the two versions need to be reconciled. Backers of reform hope to bring draft legislation up for a vote in the Senate before the Memorial Day recess.
"Pending House patent reform legislation would negatively impact the U.S. economy, U.S. innovation, and U.S. job growth, particularly with respect to its provisions on damages and post-grant review," said Brian Pomper, executive director of the Innovation Alliance in a press statement.
"The pending Manager's Amendment to S. 515 addresses the needs of the USPTO and gives inventors the incentives and protections to research and make discoveries," said Gary Griswold chairman of the 21st Century group in a press statement.
The criticism comes just days after a San Diego non-profit group representing 100 California startup companies sent leaders in Congress a letter criticizing provisions in a draft Senate bill.
The Innovation Alliance membership includes Dolby Labs, LSI, Qualcomm and Tessera. The 21st Century Coalition has about 50 members including 3M, General Electric, Medtronic, Motorola, SanDisk and Texas Instruments.