SCOTUS Upholds Tool To Combat Patent Trolls In Patent Case

April 24, 2018

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association applauds the Supreme Court ruling in a patent case (Oil States vs. Greene’s Energy) that has been closely watched by the thousands of companies sued every year by those abusing the patent system. The high court found inter partes review (IPR) is constitutional. This review process has given those fighting lawsuits from patent trolls a way to petition to revoke low quality patents often used by patent trolls.

CCIA had joined a Supreme Court amicus brief for this case. The following can be attributed to CCIA President & CEO Ed Black:

“With today’s ruling in Oil States, the Supreme Court confirmed that the Patent Office has the power to double-check its own work.  The inter partes review process upheld today has made it less expensive for companies to defend themselves from abusive patent litigation and has helped strike down patents that never should have issued in the first place.”

For additional background information, please see CCIA Patent Counsel Josh Landau’s blog post when CCIA filed its amicus brief.

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