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Patent reform legislation has garnered much national attention over the past year, as Congress has introduced numerous proposals to curb perceived litigation abuse by patent trolls. (See our previous alert here.) The House of...more
Proposed patent legislation has been causing a stir at both the federal and state levels recently. In an effort to curb infringement litigation initiated by non-practicing entities, often referred to as "patent trolls,"...more
At a time when congressional partisanship is the norm, curbing lawsuits filed by nonpracticing entities (NPEs) may be one of the few issues uniting Washington. Over the past year, both Republicans and Democrats introduced...more
Last Thursday, Sen. McCaskill, along with Sen. Rockefeller, introduced the "Transparency in Assertion of Patents Act" (S. 2049). Of course, several other bills are currently pending in the Senate that have been introduced by...more
Last week, the White House announced new executive actions characterized as initiatives “to combat patent trolls and further strengthen our patent system and foster innovation.” This marks a continuation of the White House’s...more
Last week, the Obama Administration announced "major progress on a series of initiatives designed to combat patent trolls and further strengthen our patent system and foster innovation" (see "The White House Releases Update...more
On January 10, 2014, the Supreme Court agreed to review the Federal Circuit's standard for determining whether a patent claim is indefinite in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc. (S. Ct. No. 2013-0369), a case that...more
If the mainstream media is to be believed, the patent system is now “broken.” This notion is frequently blamed on the perceived increase in so-called patent assertion entities (“PAEs”), referred to derogatorily in the press...more
With key provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) taking effect and a host of controversial U.S. Supreme Court decisions, 2013 was another active year for intellectual property law. Big cases and big changes will continue...more
The U.S. Congress is once again poised to enact a new round of patents reforms. It is important to know the potential impact the legislation could have on your intellectual property portfolio and to be prepared to act....more
2014 promises to be an eventful year in patent law. On the legislative front, several patent reform initiatives have been introduced, including House and Senate bills to broaden the definition of CBM patents and crack down on...more
On December 5, 2013, the House approved the Innovation Act, H.R. 3309, primarily intended to address abusive behavior by patent owners in infringement litigation. The bill passed by a bipartisan vote of 325-91....more
The steady rise in patent litigation in the United States has captured the attention of Congress, which currently has several bills regarding patent reform active in various stages of the legislative process. On December 5,...more
On Thursday, December 5, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the “Innovation Act” (H.R. 3309), a bill principally aimed at curtailing certain patent infringement litigation practices of non-practicing entities...more
On December 5, 2013, H.R. 3309, “The Innovation Act” overwhelmingly passed in the House of Representatives. H.R. 3309 was introduced October 23, 2013 by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee,...more
On December 5, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3309, the “Innovation Act” originally introduced by Congressman Goodlatte (R-VA). The bill passed by a vote of 325-91, with four amendments to the bill as...more
Congress continues to explore ways to address the explosion of flimsy patent litigation claims by so-called non-practicing entities. On December 5, 2013, the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) was approved by the House of...more
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill today called the “Innovation Act,” H.R. 3309, which was aimed at reigning in abusive patent litigation filed by “non-practicing entities (NPEs)” or “patent trolls.” The bill...more
On November 14, 2013, the Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC) and King & Spalding co-hosted a thought leadership event focused on abusive patent litigation and its effect on U.S. innovation. The Capitol Hill event...more
Significant congressional activity took place on November 18, 2013, bringing patent reform several steps closer to enactment. While final passage remains too early to predict (and no single bill has yet been voted out of...more
Just in time for Halloween, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has introduced yet another piece of legislation to combat the perceived "patent troll" problem. The Patent Litigation Integrity Act (S. 1612) is aimed at shifting the...more
On October 23, 2014, Congressman Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced the “Innovation Act,” which is intended “to make improvements and technical corrections” to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) “and for other purposes.”...more
Following two earlier drafts floated in May and September 2013, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte on October 23, 2013 formally introduced a bill, titled the “Innovation Act,” aimed at curbing abusive patent...more
After releasing two "discussion drafts," Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) (at right), the Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary, finally introduced a bill in the House on October 23, 2013, with the non-descript title of...more
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia has released a second discussion draft of legislation intended to restrict litigation brought by non-practicing entities (NPEs).
In June 2013, the White...more
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