Senators from both parties call for patent reform

Senators Leahy and Lee cite abuse of the system as a drag on the economy

While there is little doubt that, when working properly, the U.S. patent system spurs tremendous innovation, there can be no denying that the entities commonly known as “patent trolls” represent a clear and present danger to certain sectors of the American economy. And while state governments have certainly gotten more aggressive in pursuing patent trolls, a recent statement by two prominent U.S. senators stated in bold terms that the federal government sees the need to address this problem head-on.

The senators, Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), are both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees matters of patents, copyrights and trademarks. Their statement, carried on the website, does not mince words, clearly identifying the problem and vowing to address it.

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Rich Steeves

Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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