House Subcommittee Hearing on Patent Demand Letters

May 21, 2014

pic-patent-licenseOn Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 9:15 a.m. EDT the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade will hold a hearing entitled: H.R. ____, a Bill to Enhance Federal and State Enforcement of Fraudulent Patent Demand Letters. Last week, Chairman Lee Terry (R-Neb.) introduced draft legislation to address the issue of bad faith demand letters. This week’s hearing will focus on the referenced draft legislation and how to strike the proper balance between combating fraudulent patent demand letters and ensuring that any new policy does not have a disproportionate impact on small, entrepreneurial firms.

While NSBA’s members have remained divided on several of the more controversial provisions in the various patent litigation reform measures that have moved forward this Congress, they were able to agree to support prudent efforts to curb the practice of sending bad faith demand letters. Therefore, NSBA appreciates the Subcommittee’s further research and analysis into this key issue. That being said, NSBA believes that any legislation that is designed to reform our patent system or the patent litigation process must adequately consider and address the concerns of small businesses, including the potential negative impact that certain provisions may have on individual inventors and small, innovative companies. Please click here to watch the hearing.