Washington, D.C. — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Oil States Energy v. Greene’s Energy. The Court ruled 7-2 to uphold the constitutionality of the inter partes review process created in the America Invents Act.
“I am pleased that the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the inter partes review (IPR) proceedings that Congress established in the America Invents Act. The IPR is a critical mechanism for the Patent and Trademark Office to quickly identify questionable patents, reconsider their issuance, and withdraw those patent claims that it granted in error. This process has become one of the leading tools for innovators to quickly and inexpensively defeat frivolous claims of patent infringement, and these proceedings have been a key component in efforts to combat patent litigation abuses and patent trolling.
“At the same time, I recognize that concerns have been raised by some patent owners regarding the IPR process. I commit to working with stakeholders and the PTO to determine whether tweaks are needed to ensure that the process is fair and not susceptible to abuse, and that businesses have certainty with respect to their valid patents.”
Background: The America Invents Act, a bipartisan product of the House Judiciary Committee, was signed into law on September 16, 2011. This landmark legislation made key updates to our patent system to encourage innovation, job creation and economic growth.