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CTA Supports GAO’s Recommendations to Improve Patent System

Arlington, VA – September 13, 2016 – 
The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, regarding the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet's oversight hearing of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO):

“We agree with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommendations on reforms the USPTO should implement to serve American innovators better. Most notably, USPTO should develop a clear and consistent definition of quality for use when granting patents. Reforming the USPTO and improving patent quality is a welcome first step toward deterring patent trolls. Sadly, administrative reforms at the USPTO alone cannot end the patent trolls’ legalized extortion of job-creating American entrepreneurs. Only Congress can enact reforms to end patent trolling and stop the $1.5 billion a week shakedown caused by patent trolls. We urge Congress to swiftly pass legislation that includes heightened pleading standards, reasonable discovery limitations, clear fee recovery guidelines, customer stay protections and venue reform.”

Yesterday, CTA circulated a letter in support of the report findings to Members of the House Judiciary Committee.