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Who are the key stakeholders involved in the debate?

Last updated 7/8/2015

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Abusive patent litigation has impacted many industries including those that aren’t traditionally involved in patent policy. Therefore, the current patent litigation reform debate has brought stakeholders from a broad cross section of the U.S. economy. Many traditional stakeholders such as the technology companies are represented through groups including the Internet Association, the Coalition for Patent Fairness, the Consumer Electronics Association, the Business Software Alliance, and the Innovation Alliance. Other industry groups are also active in the debate including the Intellectual Property Owners Association, Biotechnology Industry Organization, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, and universities and inventor groups. Groups such as United for Patent Reform and the Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform have members across industries.

However, today there are non-traditional main street businesses involved through groups such as the National Restaurant Association, the National Retail Federation, the National Association of Realtors, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the American Bankers Association, and Printing Industries of America, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and others. Intellectual property attorneys are represented through bar associations such as AIPLA, the American Bar Association – Intellectual Property Law Section, and the Federal Circuit Bar Association. The debate also has sparked the interest of individual inventors, engineers, venture capitalists, and the higher education community.