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Innovation and Intellectual Property

Innovation is a core driver of economic growth and competitiveness. Without a robust patent system and strong protection of intellectual property, innovation would not be possible.

U.S. Patent Reform Legislation

Patent reform legislation should focus on improving patent quality, protecting the value of intellectual property, and spurring innovation. Small businesses and startups are the biggest drivers of job growth: in order to attract the capital and investment they need, patent holders need to know that their inventions will be protected.

To ensure these protections in the U.S., Qualcomm supports additional resources and funding for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), including measures that will address the growing backlog of patent applications. Success is dependent on clearing this backlog and ensuring that the USPTO is able to more efficiently process applications that are vital to the growth of a healthy innovation economy.

Standards

The strength of private sector development of technical standards is a key factor contributing to American innovation. A universal standards system should be open and voluntary and support all business models.

Certain companies have argued that the standards system is broken and that some form of legislative reform is needed. Qualcomm understands that as technologies evolve, companies will seek to shape policy to fit their latest business model. Qualcomm is concerned about the unintended consequences of a restrictive regulatory approach, such as unfairly favoring one business model over another, stifling innovation and undermining overall U.S. global competitiveness.

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