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Lawmakers try again to curb abusive patent lawsuits

Grant Gross | Feb. 6, 2015
A group of U.S. lawmakers has reintroduced a bill aimed at limiting the ability of so-called patent trolls to file abusive patent infringement lawsuits.

Also voicing support for the bill were Yahoo, Verizon Communications, digital rights group Public Knowledge and trade groups BSA, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and the Software and Information Industry Association, among others.

Some groups and lawmakers have questioned the legislation, however. During the December 2013 vote on the last version of the bill, some lawmakers said the legislation would be a victory for large companies at the expense of small inventors.

This past December, members of the conservative lawyer group the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies questioned the need for the legislation, saying problems with abusive patent lawsuits seem to be exaggerated.

 

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