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Congress introduces new bipartisan bill to combat patent trolls

The Innovation Act of 2013 would force a patent suit’s loser to pay the winner’s legal fees

Could a new bill be the end of patent trolls as we know them? The U.S. government sure hopes so, as the Oct. 23 introduction of the Innovation Act of 2013 seeks to eliminate current problems with frivolous lawsuits.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), would require the loser in a patent suit to pay the winner’s legal fees, stop the plaintiff from demanding excessive documents from the defendant before the ruling is made, and inhibit shell companies. The goal is to dissuade non-practicing entities (NPEs) from engaging in cases with high litigation costs, seeking to gain a settlement from the larger company.

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Zach Warren is Assistant Editor of InsideCounsel magazine, where he oversees online content submissions and administers InsideCounsel's enewsletters. Zach specializes in new media and multimedia...

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