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New House bill addresses abusive patent lawsuits

The Patent Litigation and Innovation Act of 2013 allows courts to issue sanctions on trolls

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., introduced a bill in the House last week that aims to overhaul the way courts deal with patent lawsuits. The Patent Litigation and Innovation Act of 2013 is a companion to the Senate’s Patent Abuse Reduction Act of 2013, and would put some safeguards in place to protect companies and other innovators from patent trolls.

For example, any party alleging infringement would have to include a “description of [its] principal business” and identify the assignees, exclusive licensees and co-owners of the patent it claims is being infringed.

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