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Patent reform stalls in Senate as legislation is pulled from agenda

22
May
2014

Patent trolls can claim a major victory today thanks to Sen. Patrick Leahy.  The Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman has removed patent reform legislation from the agenda, citing a lack of sufficient support behind any comprehensive deal. In a statement, Leahy said that despite working for nearly a year on legislation, theres been no agreement on how to combat the scourge of patent trolls on our economy without burdening the companies and universities who rely on the patent system every day to protect their inventions. This stall in the Senate comes after the House passed a bipartisan bill designed to crack down on frivolous lawsuits with strong support on both sides of the aisle. The Electronic Frontier Foundation released its own statement blasting Leahy for his argument, claiming that the Houses Innovation Act would have little impact on non-trolls. Leahy effectively deferred a problem — a serious problem he readily admits exists — in order to please the pharmaceutical, biotech, and university lobbies that are hardly the victims of patent trolls anyway, the EFF said.

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