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Patent Progress’s Guide to Patent Reform Legislation

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There are now twelve bills that have been introduced this Congress to deal with some aspect of the patent troll issue. We thought it might be helpful to give you a quick rundown of each of the currently pending bills: Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) Patent Transparency and Improvements Act (S. 1720) Patent Quality Improvement Act…

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: July 12 Edition

And we’re back, after taking last week off for the Fourth of July.  Here’s what you need to know about patent news this week: On Tuesday, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), co-sponsor of the SHIELD Act, had an op-ed in The Hill in which he summarized the pervasive patent troll problem, pointing out statistics from James…

Patent Fixes Pick up Steam in Congress

(Cross post on DisCo) What a difference a year makes in Congress.  Last year, Reps. DeFazio (D-OR) and Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced the Saving High-tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes (SHIELD) Act.  The bill generated some attention in the press, but never made it onto the campaign year legislative agenda. Then we hit a tipping point…

Suggestions for an FTC 6(b) Study on Patent Assertion Entities

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly hosted a workshop to explore the issue of patent assertion entities (PAEs) on December 10, 2012.  Since then there has been a growing consensus that PAEs are a significant problem for the technology and software industries.  Representative Peter DeFazio from Oregon and Representative Jason…

Previewing Tomorrow’s House Judiciary Hearing on Abusive Patent Litigation

Tomorrow, March 14, at 11:30AM in 2141 Rayburn, the House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet is holding a hearing on “Abusive Patent Litigation: The Impact on American Innovation & Jobs, and Potential Solutions.”  It will also be webcast live at http://www.judiciary.house.gov, and we will be live-tweeting it on…

Patents in the News 2/28

FTC-Google public comments round-up #2: Tech companies have their say The Essential Patent Blog February 28, 2013 Yesterday we covered several public comments submitted to the FTC by various professional organizations and trade/industry associations surround the FTC-Google consent decree.  Today, we’re here to tackle the submissions from several large companies that chose to comment on…

Guest Post: Patent Trolls Stifle Innovation

Over the last several months, we have been vocal in our calls for software patent reform to put an end to the threat of lawsuits on behalf of patent assertion entities (PAEs), more commonly known as patent trolls. Why? Because at Rackspace it has become our most pressing legal issue. Since 2010, our spending to…

We Applaud Reintroduction of SHIELD Act

Today, Congressman DeFazio and Chaffetz reintroduced the SHIELD Act.  We have previously analyzed this legislation. Their press conference on reintroduction as well as our statement are below.  As soon as we have a copy of the bill as reintroduced, we will post it on the site. Congress Introduces SHIELD To Protect Against Junk Patent Lawsuits…

Entrepreneurs to Congress: Fix the Patent Troll Problem

Today, more than 60 entrepreneurs wrote to Congress demanding Congress do something about the growing threat patent assertion entities are creating for the startup community.  Led by Engine Advocacy and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, these entrepreneurs are joining CCIA in supporting the reintroduction of the SHIELD Act by Representatives DeFazio and Chaffetz today. The text…