The Need for
Balanced Reform

Abusive patent litigation creates a heavy burden for companies across the US economy — slowing innovation, undermining competitiveness and stunting economic growth. The problem demands targeted legislative solutions that balance the scales in the legal system to make life harder for bad actors and better for innovators.

BSA recommends four principles for effective patent reform:

1. Litigation abuses are the problem, not
    patents.

2. The solution is to deter bad actors by
    reducing the skewed incentives in the
    legal system that make opportunistic
    litigation an attractive business model.

3. The law should provide the same
    incentives for all inventors;
    discriminating against certain types of
    technology innovation would undermine
    US competitiveness.

4. Improving patent quality is critical, and
    USPTO cannot do its vital part without
    adequate resources.


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