Microsoft supports PATENT Act

Microsoft applauds today’s introduction of the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship (PATENT) Act.  The bipartisan measure offered by Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Leahy, and Senators Cornyn, Schumer, Hatch, Klobuchar and Lee targets badly needed reforms that will curb abusive practices in patent litigation and make patent cases fairer, more transparent and more efficient for all participants in the patent system. At the same time, the PATENT Act avoids measures that would erode the value of patents and undermine incentives to innovate. We are pleased to support it.

We thank the sponsors for their leadership and look forward to working with the Committee as the bill moves toward early Senate action.

– Erich Andersen, vice president and deputy general counsel at Microsoft