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TROL Act is Positive Step to Patent Reform


July 9, 2014 -- Today AIPLA sent a letter to Reps. Lee Terry and Jan Schakowsky, the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, respectively, indicating the Association's views on the current version of the "Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters Act of 2014", scheduled to be marked up in the Subcommittee on July 10. The draft legislation addresses the sending of abusive and bad faith patent demand letters by clarifying that such activity may violate the Federal Trade Commission Act and authorizing that agency and state attorneys general to bring actions to stop the abusive behavior, among other things.

Commenting on the bill, AIPLA Executive Director Q. Todd Dickinson stated, 
As we have testified before Congress as recently as last December, AIPLA believes that the most concerning activity captured in the current debate concerning patent litigation reform is actually taking place prior to the institution of a lawsuit, specifically the widespread sending of demand letters containing vague allegations and minimal information. We believe that this activity should be treated like other acts of consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices, and we commend the Subcommittee for taking an approach that seeks to target the abusive behavior in this manner while not inhibiting free speech or legitimate patent licensing and enforcement. We support consideration of the draft bill at this time, and we will work with the Subcommittee to ensure that the right balance has been struck moving forward. 

Read AIPLA's letter here.

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.  
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