More patent litigation reform is effectively dead for this year

Intellectual property reform has come to a screeching halt after Senator Pat Leahy pulled the “Patent Transparency and Improvements Act” from the Senate agenda

Over the past year, intellectual property reform advocates in Congress have been trying to advance legislation to crack down on patent trolls. But, that process may ground to a halt, after Senator Pat Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, abruptly pulled the “Patent Transparency and Improvements Act” from the Senate agenda.

The Senate Judiciary Committee had been working long and hard to reach an agreement on changes to the bill aimed at reducing patent litigation caused by patent trolls, but Senator Leahy said he is shelving a patent bill because the two sides could not compromise to prevent patent litigation abuse without punishing innovators.

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Amanda Ciccatelli

Amanda G. Ciccatelli is a Contributing Writer for InsideCounsel, where she covers the patent litigation space. Amanda earned a B.A. in Communications and Journalism from...

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