Apple, Google and Microsoft will fight a proposal that would give the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office broad powers to regulate software and other technology.
The legislation, introduced in the Senate and expected to be voted on in the House of Representatives, would give a patent examiner a “supervisory role” over a software and information technology application, and could potentially have a chilling effect on the development of new products.
“We think that’s going to be the biggest threat to innovation in the next decade,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.
Va.) said Thursday.
It would give patent examiners the ability to issue patents and seek a broad license to use technology that can be patented and licensed.
The bill, known as the Patent Cooperation Act, would also allow companies to charge fees to license their patents.
This article has been updated to include a statement from the Manchin-On-Agenda Campaign.