Wednesday, May 06, 2015

GOP House and Senate bills appear to make progress against patent trolls

Recent both the Senate and House in a GOP controlled Congress have taken up the problem of patent trolls. Electronic Frontier Foundation has an article by Adi Kadmar here. 
The Senate has the Patent Act (S 1137) and the House has the Innovation Act (HR 9).  Both would be helpful in requiring much more detailed disclosures and transparencies from plaintiffs about the details of patent claims.  The Senate would go further in protecting end users (or products like wifi routers, for example), when a manufacturer is also named as a defendant first.
S 1137 was introduced by Charles Grassley of Iowa, and is here here on govtrack.  The short title is “Protect American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act of 2015”. The full title is “A bill to amend Title 35, United States Code, to amend the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act to make improvements and technical corrections, and for other purposes.” Govtrack rates it as having a 19% chance to pass.
Hr. 9 was introduced by Bob Goodlatte (R-Va) and is here on Govtrack and is rated to have a 36% chance of passage. 

The text for the Senate bill is here  but has not been recorded by Thomas.
The text for the House bill is here

A site called Unified Patents keeps track of the trolling problem. 

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