Richards Layton & Finger

Legislation Would Address Abusive Patent-Litigation Tactics

February 26, 2014

On the heels of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, Congress is currently considering a number of bills designed to address abusive patent-litigation tactics associated with nonpracticing entities, often referred to as "patent trolls." On Dec. 5, 2013, the House of Representatives passed the Innovation Act, HR 3309, by a vote of 325 to 9. It has been sent to the Senate and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration. Other bills under consideration and pending before the judiciary committee include the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act, S 1720; the Patent Abuse Reduction Act; the Patent Litigation Integrity Act; and the Patent Quality Improvement Act.