Intel calls for patent reform

Chipzilla is pressing the US House of Representatives to pass patent reform legislation.

It already has the Senate backing Patrick Leahy’s patent reform bill and it wants the US House of Representatives onside.

According to The HillPaul Otellini was in Washington last week for a private meeting with House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith to “discuss the issue”. In lobbying terms this is calling the big guns to give politicians a Chinese burn.

Intel vice president for global public policy, Peter Cleveland, said Intel is right in the middle of trying to get the law changed and it is very hopeful about it.

So far the law has been proceeding through the Senate in an orderly manner.

The bill’s provisions include a switch to a first-to-file system rather than first-to-invent, and allowing the US Patent and Trademark Office to keep its fees.

Intel also wants the bill to include a process known as an inter partes review, through which disputes over how patents are issued can be handled administratively rather than via litigation.

If this goes ahead Cleveland said the process would save tech firms millions on legal costs.

Currently Chipzilla spends $125 million defending its 46,000 patent portfolio.

He said that this was a drag on Intel’s ability to innovate and it suffers from lots of frivolous litigation.