Thursday, April 30, 2015

US Senate Tees Up Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Patent Litigation

 Last year, the US House of Representative cast a strong vote in support of patent reform, specifically for measures intended to clamp down on a flood of patent lawsuits. Corporate defendants, academics and others thought plaintiffs were abusing the court system, filing “nuisance” lawsuits that were likely to trigger quick settlements. But the Senate’s effort to play ball with the House died amid a flurry of finger-pointing. Earlier this year, the House reintroduced its bill — the Innovation Act — and Wednesday afternoon, the Senate offered up a companion to the House bill that seems to have bipartisan support among some influential senators.

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