TechNet advocates for a healthy patent system that yields high-quality patents, promotes all forms of innovation, deters frivolous patent litigation, and compensates patent owners based on the value of their contributions.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) must continue to develop and implement patent examination rules, procedures, and guidance to promote the issuance of high-quality patents that provide clear public notice of claim scope to downstream innovators and implementers. Congress should ensure that the PTO retains flexibility to set appropriate user fees and that all user fees stay with the agency to fund its operations. Congress and the PTO should resist any efforts to undermine the Inter Partes Review (IPR) program.
TechNet supports reforms that deter litigation abuse in the courts and the International Trade Commission, including policies that promote domestic public interest and discourage vague and unsupported infringement allegations, asymmetric discovery burdens, presumptions of irreparable harm or compensable damages where no such harm or damages exist, forum shopping, and manipulation by litigation funders who take advantage of patent owners and the judicial system for their own financial gain.