WASHINGTON (3/17/14)--Legislation that would curb patent troll abuses will be discussed during a March 27 Senate Judiciary Committee executive business meeting, the committee chairman, Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), announced last week.
Leahy last year introduced the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013 (S. 1720), which would aid credit unions and other businesses that have been targeted by patent trolls.
"Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have been working on meaningful, targeted legislation to combat patent abuses in our system. As chairman of the Committee, I am committed to ensuring we move forward with meaningful legislation this spring," Leahy wrote in a statement released last week.
Other Senate bills that would address patent troll issues include the Patent Litigation Integrity Act of 2013 (S. 1612) and the Patent Quality Improvement Act of 2013 (S. 866), offered by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).
Credit union priorities for patent law reform include:
More transparency in demand letters;
Clarification of Federal Trade Commission enforcement authority over unfair and deceptive demand letters;
A demand letter registry; and,
Stronger end user protections.
Use the resource link to read a Credit Union Natoinal Association joint trade association letter to lawmakers in support of patent legislation.