12 July 2017
Washington
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Google and Amazon form patent alliance


Eight technology companies, including Google and Amazon, have formed the High Tech Inventors Alliance (HTIA) to support balanced US patent policy.

The alliance wants to improve patent quality through lobbying the US government to enforce stronger clarity requirements at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It also asks for strong reforms to the examination procedures at the USPTO.

Collectively, its eight members, Adobe, Amazon, Cisco, Dell, Google, Intel, Oracle and Salesforce, own more than 115,000 US patents.

John Thorne, general counsel for the HTIA, said: “Innovation means creating new and better products and services.”

“It is fundamental to the success of the high-tech industry and its ability to drive economic growth and create American jobs. Collectively our members spent $62.9 billion on research and development last year and they have over 447,000 employees here in the US.”

He added: “When the patent system does not function well, it undermines rather than supports innovation, to the detriment of all Americans—inventors, employees, investors in productive businesses and ultimately, consumers.”

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