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Tech companies push for reform to tackle patent trolls

Tech businesses support patent reform in the form of Goodlatte’s new bill

Whatever you call them – patent assertion entities (PAEs), non-practicing entities (NPEs), patent trolls or something else entirely – companies that bring patent litigation suits were a hot topic at the American Intellectual Property Law Association Conference in Washington D.C. One new wrinkle in the ongoing story that caught the attention of attendees was the latest version of a patent reform bill written by Representative Bob Goodlatte. Just recently, the bill has received quite a bit of support from technology companies. 

Rep. Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican and chair of the House Judiciary Committee, has introduced proposed legislation he’s calling the “Innovation Act.” The goal of the bill is to increase transparency and accountability in the patent litigation system.

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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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