US*MADE Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the America Invents Act Passage into Law, Calls for Restoration of its Intent

Hosts anniversary event featuring the law’s champions

Sen. Leahy and former Rep. Smith

Washington, DC – (NewMediaWire) – September 16, 2021 – Today

marks the 10th anniversary of the America Invents Act (AIA), which was

shepherded into law by the then U.S. Senate and House Judiciary Committee

Chairmen Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Lamar Smith (R-TX), respectively. Next

Wednesday, September 22nd, members of the U.S. Manufacturers Association for

Development and Enterprise (US*MADE), in conjunction with the Alliance for

Automotive Innovation, will co-host Sen. Leahy and former Rep. Smith at an

event to celebrate this milestone. The decade of changes in patent quality and

litigation trends since 2011 will be reviewed, and attendees will hear from the

law’s leading sponsors about how they see the AIA’s effects on innovation.

The event will also feature an

interactive panel with Harvard Business School Professor Lauren Cohen; former

Acting USPTO Director and Solicitor Joe Matal; Hughes Network Systems IP

Counsel Cory Myers, a US*MADE member; and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Asst. GC for IP and Litigation Charles “Chuck” Hawkins, a member of the

Alliance for Automotive Innovation. The panelists will explore the impact the

AIA has had on the patent system and manufacturers in America over the last

decade and map out the challenges for the future.

“The America Invents Act was the

most significant reform of our patent system in over 50 years and its role in

improving patent quality and reducing litigation abuse cannot be overstated,”

said Beau Phillips, Executive Director of US*MADE. “Inventors and innovators of

every stripe owe a debt of gratitude to Senator Leahy, former Chairman Smith,

and every lawmaker who in a thoughtful, entirely bipartisan way helped pass the

AIA into law.”

For the first time in years,

abusive patent litigation is again on the rise, according to RPX Corporation.

“It’s time for the Patent

Office to renew its commitment to the AIA and follow the clear and obvious

Congressional intent of the law by ending the explosion in discretionary

denials the PTAB has issued over the last 24 months,” Phillips said. “Before

the arbitrary and questionable imposition of the PTAB’s Fintiv and NHK rulings,

American manufacturers could hire, innovate, produce products and order new

machinery with confidence that bad patents could be challenged. Today, that is

no longer the case. They continue to face a minefield of frivolous infringement

litigation risk from non-practicing entities (NPEs), who do not manufacture or

sell products or services, nor create jobs.”

Phillips added, “U.S.

manufacturers, which generate about 11% of U.S. GDP and employ tens of millions

of Americans, are especially hard hit by misuse of the patent system, as

frequent targets of NPEs. American manufacturers deserve protection against bad


To register for US*MADE’s event

celebrating the 10th anniversary of the AIA, go to

For more information about abusive patent litigation and the threat to U.S.

manufacturers, visit


US Manufacturers Association

for Development and Enterprise (US*MADE) is specifically focused on protecting

manufacturers from abusive patent litigation. Manufacturers are frequent

targets of patent litigation by shell companies that produce no products or

services. Job-creating manufacturers are shaken down for hefty royalty payments

by plaintiffs wielding vague, low-quality patents that likely should have never

been issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). To learn more, go to


more information, contact:

Lauren DuBois

(917) 573-2485

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