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BIO Statement regarding the Innovation Act, H.R. 3309

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WASHINGTON--()--The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today issued the following statement regarding the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309), as reported by the House Judiciary Committee:

鈥淭he Innovation Act was introduced with the goal of furthering patent system reform, particularly with respect to patent-related litigation. We support increased transparency and oppose abusive litigation tactics.鈥

"The Innovation Act was introduced with the goal of furthering patent system reform, particularly with respect to patent-related litigation. We support increased transparency and oppose abusive litigation tactics.

鈥淯nfortunately, provisions in the Act remain overly broad in important respects and, if ultimately enacted, would continue to result in too many unintended and unknowable consequences for innovators who rely on the patent system to fund and protect their inventions.

鈥淧rovisions in the legislation would erect unreasonable barriers to access justice for innovators, especially small start-ups that must be able to defend their businesses against patent infringement in a timely and cost-effective manner, and without needless and numerous procedural hurdles or other obstacles.

"While we have been working to improve the legislation and appreciate some of the modifications that have been made by the bill鈥檚 sponsors, these changes have not been sufficient to adequately address our concerns, and therefore BIO cannot support the legislation in its current form.鈥

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BIO is the world鈥檚 largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world鈥檚 largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. BIOtechNOW is BIO鈥檚 blog chronicling 鈥渋nnovations transforming our world鈥 and the BIO Newsletter is the organization鈥檚 bi-weekly email newsletter.鈥 Subscribe to the BIO Newsletter.

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