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Updated State Patent Legislation Guide

Patent Progress’s Guide to State Patent Legislation is regularly updated at least once a week, so please check it regularly. (We’re working on adding a notification system you can subscribe to.) We have also added a new feature: you can embed the interactive map on your web page! If you go to the Guide, you’ll…

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…

Patent Progress’s Guide to State Patent Reform Legislation

States Acting Against Bad Faith Patent Infringement Assertions (mouse over the state to see what action its legislature has taken) Summary by State (as of 5/15/2014) *The Governor of Virginia amended the bill so that it will not take effect unless the current budget impasse ends. The House of Delegates and the Senate rejected that amendment. Governor McAuliffe…

States Really Want Help With Patent Trolls

This past Friday, we launched our Guide to State Patent Reform Legislation. As of this writing, 10 states have passed laws against bad faith assertions of patent infringement, another 4 legislatures have passed bills that are waiting for approval by the governor, and 12 other states have bills in the pipeline (although 2 of those are…

States Are Getting Desperate to Do Something About Patent Trolls

As we’ve written before, it’s getting bad for small businesses — as David Balto pointed out yesterday, patent trolls are going after supermarkets, hotels, retailers, you name it. At least one state has decided to take matters into its own hands. The Vermont legislature has just passed House Bill 299, which creates a right to…