Skip to Navigation

SIIA Welcomes Increased Congressional Focus on Patent Trolls; Applauds Sen. Cornyn’s Bill Introduced Today

Attention: open in a new window. PDFPrintE-mail

For Immediate Release:
SIIA Communications Contact: Laura Greenback, 202.789.4461, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
PR Contact: Farrah Kim, Rational 360, 202.568.8986, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

SIIA Welcomes Increased Congressional Focus on Patent Trolls; Applauds Sen. Cornyn’s Bill Introduced Today

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 22, 2013) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, today commended Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) for introducing S__, The Patent Abuse Reduction Act, and for his leadership on efforts to curtail patent troll activity. The bill, which is one of a growing number of legislative efforts aimed at attacking the problem of abusive patent litigation, calls for several steps that SIIA supports, including: a heightened pleading requirement for plaintiffs; increased transparency for determining the parties that are actually behind a lawsuit, and; requirements that parties pay for any discovery that is beyond “core” materials.

SIIA President Ken Wasch commented, “The economic harm being caused by patent trolls is receiving increased attention in Congress, and we commend Senator Cornyn for his leadership on this issue.  We applaud his introduction of strong thoughtful legislation that would implement several needed patent litigation reforms. It is a crucial step toward an effective legislative response to the plague of patent trolls damaging American innovation and our economy.  As we seek to enact effective, comprehensive patent troll reform legislation this year, we look forward to working closely with Senator Cornyn, the leadership and members of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees and other stakeholders.”

About SIIA

SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 700 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content.  Information technology (IT) and software security are critical issues to SIIA’s members, many of whom strive to develop safe, secure and state-of the-art products that effectively serve their commercial and government customers alike, while protecting their intellectual property. For further information, visit www.siia.net.