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Looks Like the Judicial Conference is Taking Care of a Piece of Patent Reform

In Forbes, Daniel Fisher reported that the Judicial Conference is going to be voting on a small, but critical change to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure shortly. (The Judicial Conference is a conference of senior federal judges who oversee the federal court system. Among other things, the Judicial Conference makes the rules of procedure for federal courts.)

You may remember that in patent infringement cases, the patent owner can get away with an incredibly vague complaint that tells the accused infringer next to nothing. The reason for this is an obscure form in the Federal Rules. Form 18 is supposed to be an example of a complaint in a patent infringement case. It looks like this:

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Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: August 1 Edition

I’m back with some news this week! On Wednesday, the House Judiciary IP Subcommittee held a hearing on The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: The America Invents Act and Beyond, Domestic and International Policy Goals.  We were pleased to hear that acting director of the PTO, Michelle Lee, emphasized the ongoing need for patent reform…

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Welcome to the New Patent Progress

If you’re a regular reader of Patent Progress, you’ve noticed the new look. We’ve tried to make the site cleaner and easier to use. While we’ve done our best to test it thoroughly, if you do happen to notice a problem, we’d appreciate you letting us know. Update: We have also updated the daily newsletter. You…

18 States Now Have Laws to Try to Stop Patent Trolls

As of two days ago, Illinois became the 18th state with a law prohibiting bad faith assertions of patent infringement. (That is, fraudulent demand letters.) It seems that if Congress won’t act, the states will do whatever they can (which is limited) to deal with patent trolls. Let’s hope that the next session of Congress will…