Beginning Next Week: InsideCounsel will become part of Corporate Counsel. Bringing these two industry-leading websites together will now give you comprehensive coverage of the full spectrum of issues affecting today's General Counsel at companies of all sizes. You will continue to receive expert analysis on key issues including corporate litigation, labor developments, tech initiatives and intellectual property, as well as Women, Influence & Power in Law (WIPL) professional development content. Plus we'll be serving all ALM legal publications from one interconnected platform, powered by Law.com, giving you easy access to additional relevant content from other InsideCounsel sister publications.

To prevent a disruption in service, you will be automatically redirected to the new site next week. Thank you for being a valued InsideCounsel reader!

X

More On

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.

Abusive litigation can be sanctioned under the bill, too. After a court decides “any civil action arising under any Act of Congress relating to patents,” it must “include in the record specific findings regarding compliance by each party and each attorney representing any party with each requirement of Rule 11(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure as to any complaint, responsive pleading, or dispositive motion."

The bill "represents a bipartisan effort to promote American innovation and job creation in the technology ecosystem by addressing the growing problem of abusive patent litigation," says a statement on Jeffries’ website.

Read more at PatentDocs.

 

For more patent news on InsideCounsel, see below:

IP: 2013 patent hot topics

Myriad sues competitors over genetic testing

IP: The importance of design patents

Roomba maker sues German companies for patent infringement

Federal Circuit issues confusing ruling on software patent eligibility

Join the Conversation

Advertisement. Closing in 15 seconds.