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Senate Judiciary Committee Approves PATENT Act



June 4, 2015, Arlington, VA, -- Today the Senate Judiciary Committee approved an amended version of patent reform legislation (S. 1137) by a vote of 16-4. The "Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act" (PATENT Act) was introduced to address abusive practices by some patent owners. Among other things, the bill includes provisions on heightened pleadings and early disclosure requirements, stays of suits against customers, limits on discovery, attorneys' fees, as well as provisions directly targeting abusive demand letters.  The approved legislation would also make changes to post grant review proceedings at the US Patent and Trademark Office, including a requirement to construe claims as in district court litigation.

In response, AIPLA Executive Director Lisa K. Jorgenson stated:
The Judiciary Committee has made significant progress in crafting legislative provisions to deter abusive behavior while also trying to protect good faith enforcement activities of patent owners. The Managers' Amendment adopted today continues that trend.

AIPLA thanks the Committee for listening to our concerns. As we continue to analyze the amendments to the bill, we look forward to working with Members and staff to consider further improvements as this process continues.
AIPLA, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, was founded in 1897 to maintain a high standard of professional ethics, to aid in the improvement in laws relating to intellectual property and in their proper interpretation by the courts, and to provide legal education to the public and to its members on intellectual property issues. AIPLA is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community. 

Erin Sheehan

Communications Specialist