Today the House Judiciary Committee reintroduced the Innovation Act. I am optimistic that this bill will get overwhelming bipartisan support again in Congress. With so many diverse businesses facing abusive patent litigation and the President and Administration previously having weighed in calling for reforms, momentum is building for a vote in both chambers with broad bipartisan backing this Congress. As CCIA’s CEO Ed Black said earlier today: “Curbing the abuse of our patent system is an economic issue that all industries and political parties can easily support.”
Ali Sternburg is Senior Policy Counsel at the Computer & Communications Industry Association. After initially joining as a Legal Fellow in June 2011, she focuses on online copyright issues and other areas of intellectual property policy. She also works on DisCo (the Disruptive Competition Project). She received her J.D. in 2012 from American University Washington College of Law, where she was a Student Attorney in the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, President of the Intellectual Property Law Society, Senior Symposium Chair and Senior Marketing Manager for the Intellectual Property Brief, and a Dean’s Fellow at the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property. She graduated from Harvard College in 2009 where she studied Government and Music, wrote her senior honors thesis on “Theoretical and Legal Views on U.S. Government Involvement in Musical Creativity Online,” and interned at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School.