In an open letter, the association, whose members include Adobe, Amazon, Google and Intel, said that the facts “tell a completely different story”.
“Innovation has thrived—indeed exploded—as measured by ever significant metric. Research and development spending, venture capital investment, startup activity, and patent applications each have increased dramatically, while the US GDP has grown by a healthy 9 percent to the highest level in history,” it explained.
Targeting the Alice decision specifically, the association argued that, in the year the following the Alice case, R&D investments in the software and internet industry grew faster than any other industry.
John Thorne, HTIA general counsel, said: “Congress enacted the America Invents Act (AIA) in late 2011.”
“The AIA's inter partes review process, which became effective in 2012, has provided a means for the US Patent and Trademarks Office to correct its mistakes, resulting in rising levels of patent quality and a significant boost in innovation.”
He added: “This data clearly contradicts the claims made by some that patent reform has harmed innovation. Since the introduction of the IPR review process and the Supreme Courts Alice decision, innovation in the United States is flourishing.”