Senate to Slow Down Troll Legislation

Yesterday, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) issued a press release where he states that he has taken the currently pending patent troll legislation off the Senate Judiciary Committee agenda.

Sen. Leahy notes that while there is general agreement that patent trolls abuse is a problem, there has been no agreement on how to combat the problem.  The interested parties have not been able to reach a consensus on the best way to proceed.  Thus, Chairman Leahy has decided to wait to consider the issue until at least later this year.

The House passed the Innovation Act in December.  Since then, there has been a significant amount of debate by the relevant parties on the issues.  Many have pointed to problems with the legislation as not addressing the real problems with patent trolls, as being too broad so as to encompass many legitimate companies, and others.  And, probably due to the lack of leadership at the agency, the PTO has not yet weighed in on the issues.

After passing the America Invents Act with little input from many of the affected parties, this time the Senate appears to be doing it right.  Let’s get all the input and have a proper debate before rushing this through.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: