(Washington D.C.)- Today the National Restaurant Association issued the following statement regarding the failure of the Senate Judiciary Committee to move a meaningful patent reform package forward:
“We are dismayed by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Leahy’s decision not to move forward on patent reforms that would benefit millions of restaurants and main street businesses across the country. We believe a majority of the Senate supports reform and we are extremely disappointed that the Judiciary Committee has backed away from expeditiously moving a patent reform package forward.
“Every day the Senate fails to act, patent trolls continue to prey on small businesses in industries like ours, stifling our ability to create jobs and promote innovation which ultimately hurts our customers.
“Defenders of the status quo are standing in the way of progress not only on meaningful reforms- but on every day business decisions being made regarding how employers utilize customer-facing, experience-enhancing technologies in their establishments.
“Added demand letter transparency combined with meaningful patent litigation reforms would change the economic incentives that drive damaging and frivolous activity targeting our members. Given the strong bi-partisan House support of the Innovation Act and the President’s call for patent litigation reform, we are hopeful the Senate can take the next steps towards moving meaningful legislation forward.”
Scott DeFife, Executive Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs, National Restaurant Association
Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises more than 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 14.4 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry's largest trade show (NRA Show May 20-23, 2017, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF's ProStart); as well as the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids' menu options. For more information, visit Restaurant.org and find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.