Eight technology companies form High Tech Inventors Alliance

IT jobEight technology companies — Adobe, Amazon, Cisco, Dell, Google, Intel, Oracle and Salesforce — have joined hands to form the High Tech Inventors Alliance (HTIA) for supporting balanced patent policy.

IBM, Qualcomm, Apple, HPE, among others, are not part of the alliance.

The Alliance’s members own more than 115,000 U.S. patents. They recognize the need of all inventors — from the largest corporation or university to the sole practitioner – to have a well-functioning patent system.

These companies have over 447,000 employees in the United States. They have invested $62.9 billion in research and development (R&D) in the past year.

“Innovation means creating new and better products and services. It is fundamental to the success of the high-tech industry and its ability to drive economic growth and create American jobs,” said John Thorne, the Alliance’s general counsel and spokesperson.

The alliance aims to avoid current dysfunction including the crisis in patent quality, baseless patent assertions, and the chronic persistence of patent troll litigation, which has nearly tripled since 2005.

HTIA supports balanced efforts to address the causes of these problems while advancing a patent system that promotes investment in new technologies and American jobs.