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Issa Releases Bipartisan Correspondence Urging Reforms to Strengthen Patent System, Streamline Alternatives to Litigation

September 20, 2021

Congressman Darrell Issa, Ranking Member for the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet released a letter signed by bipartisan members of Congress and Senators addressed to Andrew Hirshfeld, who is performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The correspondence specifically addressed an important tool to help thwart abuses of the patent system: The inter partes review (IPR) process, which the signers maintain has been weakened by administrative changes.

“Weakening the IPR system encourages abuse of the patent system generally and has a grave impact on numerous industries beyond drugs or healthcare, such as the semiconductor, telecommunications, and automotive industries,” Congressman Issa said. “Congress created the IPR process to provide a lower-cost and faster alternative to litigation, and the process serves as a means to challenge the validity of patents that should not have been issued. We must ensure that goal does not disappear.”

The letter can be found HERE.

Darrell Issa is the Representative of California’s 50th Congressional District. The District encompasses the central and northeastern parts of San Diego County and a portion of Riverside County, including the communities of Fallbrook, San Marcos, Valley Center, Ramona, Escondido, Santee, Lakeside, El Cajon, Temecula, and the mountain and desert areas of the San Diego-Imperial County line. Issa served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from 2011-2015.