Sunday, March 27, 2011

Intel on patent reform

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Intel vice president for global public policy Peter Cleveland said CEO Paul Otellini was in Washington last week for a private meeting with House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith to discuss the issue.

"This is an area where something could get enacted into law and Intel is right in the middle of it, very hopeful about legislation," Cleveland said during an upcoming episode of C-SPAN's "The Communicators."

Cleveland praised the Senate's recent passage of Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy's (D-Vt.) patent reform bill, calling the vote of 95-5 a good consensus.

Cleveland said several of the bill's provisions, including a switch to a first-to-file system rather than first-to-invent, and allowing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to keep its fees, are improvements.

However, he said Intel would like to see the House bill include a process known as an inter partes review, through which disputes over how patents are issued can be handled administratively rather than via litigation. Cleveland said the process would save tech firms millions on legal costs.

"We spend $125 million on patent litigation, oftentimes down in Texas. We fight and we fight hard," Cleveland said, noting Intel holds more than 46,000 patents in its portfolio.

"This is a drag on our ability to innovate. It is frivolous litigation and we're not the only ones that suffer from this; Microsoft and other tech companies suffer like we do."


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