In concert with our nation’s 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 nation’s 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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.