U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, is backing a patent litigation reform bill meant to ensure the patent system protects the property rights of American inventors and innovators.
Foster, along with Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, introduced the STRONGER Patents Act of 2019 in the House last week, while Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., introduced it in the Senate, according to a news release.
The bill also has the support of several members of Congress from both parties.
According to the release, “From the earliest days of our country’s history, our economy’s strength has relied on a patent system that has allowed innovators and entrepreneurs to thrive and businesses to flourish.”
Versions of the bill have been introduced annually for several years, but have gained little traction.
Backers of the STRONGER Patents Act say it would implement measures to make it easier and less costly for patent holders to enforce their patents.
They also say it would also provide for injunctive relief against those who infringe on patents; make post-issuance proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board more fair and efficient; address the problem of repetitive, harassing petitions; and reduce duplication between these reviews and district court litigation.
“Our current patent system, however, has been weakened to the point that it discourages research and innovation rather than supporting it,” Foster said in the release. “I thank my colleagues for their leadership on this important issue as we work together to make our patent system better for everyone.”