Tech Groups Praise SCOTUS Patent Rulings but Want More

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Tech groups praise SCOTUS patent rulings but want more: Advocacy groups representing tech companies large and small praised two Tuesday rulings from the Supreme Court that make it easier for courts to invoke “fee-shifting” in meritless patent infringement cases.

Jon Potter, president of the Application Developers Alliance, said that the rulings were “an important but modest change,” and Computer and Communications Industry Association counsel Matt Levy said they “make the current situation better, because they give judges more discretion in awarding fees than the previous rule.”

But the companies still want more. Internet Association CEO Michael Beckerman said he welcomed the rulings, but “legislation is needed to fully address the problem of patent troll tactics that drive up litigation costs for the purpose of extracting nuisance settlements.”