AIPLA President-Elect Barbara Fiacco Testifies on Section 101 Reform

Written June 6, 2019

On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at 2:30 PM EST, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property held the second of three hearings on “The State of Patent Eligibility in America.” 

Chairman Thom Tillis (R-NC) opened the hearing by explaining that the Subcommittee sought an “open and honest dialogue about Section 101 jurisprudence,” and wanted feedback on the bipartisan, bicameral, draft bill to reform Section 101. 

As one of the fifteen witnesses, AIPLA President-Elect Barbara Fiacco presented the views of the Association and began her testimony by explaining how important the Section 101 issue is to AIPLA’s members. 

She explained that Supreme Court decisions have “blurred the objective analytical framework” of the 1952 Patent Act, leading to uncertainty in the patent system, and went on to provide AIPLA’s views on the draft bill.