In concert with our nationís food retailers, the FMI believes the Patent Quality Improvement Act strikes an appropriate balance between protecting commerce from meritless, aggressive litigation and promoting innovation as patents are intended. Passing this legislation should be a priority for the 113th Congress. In addition, the DOJ and the FTC should continue their work on patent troll issues and use their powers under the antitrust laws to combat this growing menace to our nationís businesses.
Erik R. Lieberman is the regulatory counsel at the Food Marketing Institute, which represents food retailers and wholesalers before Congress and the regulatory agencies.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.