Fearing upheaval in the U.S. patent system, Apple Inc., Ford Motor Co., General Electric Co. and other major companies have united to influence patent lawsuit reform in Congress, tapping former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office director David Kappos for advice.

The Partnership for American Innovation is looking to provide another side to a “conversation around patents [that] has been dominated by those seeking to curtail America’s strong system for narrow, short-term gains,” according to a news release announcing the coalition Thursday. In addition to Apple, Ford and GE, the association includes E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co., International Business Machines Corp., Microsoft Corp. and Pfizer Inc.

Kappos, a Cravath, Swaine & Moore partner, wasn’t immediately available for comment. But in a written statement released by the coalition, he said the United States needs a patent system that “rises above short-term interests” and helps all sectors of the U.S. economy in the long run.

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