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  • Idaho governor signs patent troll bill into law; New Hampshire working on its own

    BOISE, Idaho (Legal Newsline) — Idaho now has its own patent law on the books. Gov. Butch Otter signed Senate Bill 1354 into law late last month. It will go into effect July 1. Otter The bill, which was introduced in February and passed the Senate 33-2 and House 65-1-4, aims to crack...

  • Illinois patent troll bill clears Senate

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) — Illinois senators voted unanimously Wednesday to send a bill that aims to protect state businesses from so-called “patent trolls” to the House. Senators voted 48-0 for Senate Bill 3405. The bill, which was crafted by Attorney General Lisa...

  • Patrick Leahy: Patent reform bill to wait until later this month

    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, the sponsor of a patent reform bill that was slated for a markup Thursday, said the legislation will have to wait until after the spring recess. On Wednesday, Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called the legislation a...

  • Universities fear being lumped in with ‘patent trolls’ by reform proposals

    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Academic institutions are among those players often not addressed in the current patent reform debate. They don’t have the financial resources that big businesses like Apple and IBM, two companies that are part of a coordinated lobbying campaign, do....

  • Senate panel to meet again to discuss patent reform measure

    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Senate version of a patent reform bill will continue to be discussed at a committee meeting this week. The Senate Judiciary Committee will “mark up” the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act, or Senate Bill 1720, at an executive business meeting...

  • New Hampshire bill aims to nip false patent claims

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Lawmakers are considering making it harder for companies with false patent claims — known as patent trolls — to demand that businesses pay licensing fees or be sued. Sen. Sharon Carson is sponsoring legislation she hopes will identify false claims so businesses don't...

  • Lawmakers look to stop patent abuse

    Momentum is building on Capitol Hill to stop "patent trolls" from harassing businesses and inventors, with optimism high that legislation will pass this year. With wide bipartisan support, the House has approved a patent reform bill aimed at stopping the so-called trolls -- patent-holding...

  • Supreme Court hears arguments in software patent case

    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a case that, some argue, could prove significant for inventors, small businesses and the nation’s economy. Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International and CLS Services Ltd. challenges software...

  • Pat Leahy's patent reform bill to be taken up again this week

    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — A patent reform bill — one of the many introduced in Congress in recent months — was tabled by a Senate panel until later this week. On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee took up the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act, or Senate Bill...

  • Another Apple-Samsung skirmish heads to court

    The trial will mark the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits between the two tech giants that underscore a much larger concern about what is allowed to be patented.

  • Stakeholders to discuss patent reform legislation

    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Key stakeholders from both sides of the patent reform debate will take part in a discussion on the House’s Innovation Act next week. Lee Patent holders, inventors, business executives and Congressional leaders will join the talk, set for Tuesday at...

  • Maine Senate initially approves patent troll bill

    AUGUSTA, Maine (Legal Newsline) — A bill that would make patent trolling more difficult in Maine was given initial approval by the state Senate Monday. Senators voted unanimously for the bill, Legislative Document 1660. Haskell Under LD 1660, any company or person can file a lawsuit in...

  • Federal jury sides with ThyssenKrupp in elevator patent infringement case

    WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) — A Swiss company’s patents for an elevator control and modernization system are invalid, a federal jury ruled last month. On Feb. 28, after a week-long trial in the infringement case filed by Inventio AG against ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation, a...

  • Actavis, Noven reach settlement in Daytrana patent case

    Parsippany, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — Actavis plc announced Wednesday it has settled with Noven Pharmaceuticals Inc. in a case over Actavis’ generic version of the medication Daytrana. Actavis said in a statement that the agreement will settle all outstanding patent litigation related to...

  • Pro-patent firms team up in brief to U.S. Supreme Court in case over patent eligibility

    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Financial, health care, gaming and data analytics firms have joined forces with leading patent law academics in support of a patent owner’s case before the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing the case could prove “monumental” for inventors, small businesses and...



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