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AIPLA Urges Continued Progress on Patent Reform Legislation to "Strike the Right Balance"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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December 5, 2013, Arlington, VA, -- The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) commented today on the passage of H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act, by the U.S. House of Representatives.  
 
"AIPLA appreciates the interest and effort shown by the House of Representatives to both improve the U.S. patent system and deal with concerns regarding certain abusive litigation behavior.  We also agree with leaders on both sides of the aisle that while this legislation represents a significant step, there remains a lot more work to be done as it moves on to the U.S. Senate," said AIPLA Executive Director, Q. Todd Dickinson.
 
"We also appreciate improvements that were made to the bill since its introduction, including the removal of provisions that would have expanded the Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents, and the rejection of some proposed amendments, such as a bonding requirement which would have burdened small inventors and start-ups."  
 
"As this progresses, we look forward to continuing to work together with Congress toward a goal of ensuring that any legislation strikes the right balance between restraining abusive behavior while not impairing the legitimate rights of patent owners," said Dickinson. 
  
If you would like further comment, please contact Lorri Ragan.  
 
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AIPLA, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, was founded in 1897 to maintain a high standard of professional ethics, to aid in the improvement in laws relating to intellectual property and in their proper interpretation by the courts, and to provide legal education to the public and to its members on intellectual property issues. AIPLA is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community. 
 
AIPLA Contact:
Lorri Ragan, APR
Director of Marketing & Communications
703-412-1308
lragan@aipla.org