Recently the House Judiciary Committee voted 24-8 to approve a revised version of the Innovation Act. As we previously discussed, the Innovation Act was re-introduced in the House earlier this year in the same form approved by the entire House at the end of 2013. The Judiciary Committee recently met to mark-up and
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U.S. House of Representatives reintroduces same patent reform bill that passed the House last go around
Last week, House Judiciary Committee Chariman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) reintroduced the Innovation Act, a bill that attempts to address perceived patent litigation abuse. This current bill as introduced is identical to the bill that was passed by the House in December of 2013 by a vote of 325-91. Discussed below are some of the…
House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on abusive patent litigation and the ITC focuses on non-practicing entities, litigation costs, and remedies
This afternoon, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet held a hearing titled “Abusive Patent Litigation: The Issues Impacting American Competitiveness and Job Creation at the International Trade Commission and Beyond.” This hearing comes on the heels of a broader hearing on abusive patent litigation held by the same committee two months ago, as well as a different hearing in July 2012 that generally addressed the ITC’s role in deciding patent disputes. Several witnesses representing a variety of diverse backgrounds and interests testified today before the subcommittee, including:
- Kevin Rhodes, VP and Chief IP Counsel for 3M Innovative Properties Co.
- Jon Dudas, Former Director of the USPTO (and a member of the board of non-practicing entity MOSAID Technologies)
- Prof. Colleen Chien of Santa Clara University
- Russell Binns, Associate General Counsel for IP Law & Litigation at Avaya
- Deanna Tanner Okun, Former Chairwoman of the ITC (and a partner at Adduci Mastriani & Schaumberg)
- David Foster, Chairman of the Legislative Committee for the ITC Trial Lawyers Association (and a partner at Foster, Murphy, Altman & Nickel)
A link to the video webcast of the full hearing is available at the House Judiciary Committee’s website, along with PDFs of each witness’s prepared testimony. Our friends at Patent Progress also live-tweeted the event — take a look at their Twitter feed @PatentProgress for their blow-by-blow account.
As we anticipated, while standard-essential patents were not the focus of this particular hearing, the issue of SEPs was indeed given some attention. In his opening remarks, Congressman Melvin Watt noted concerns some have expressed about the potential for improper usage of standard-essential patents in seeking injunctive relief, and Congressman Ted Poe briefly quizzed Prof. Chien about the propriety of asserting standard-essential patents in the ITC.
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