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Thursday, December 5, 2013

ABA Urges Passage of Patent Reform Bill

ABA and two other trade groups urged the House to pass patent reform legislation (H.R. 3309), and suggested improvements.

The groups specifically praised language that would allow the Patent and Trademark Office to waive the costly fee for a review of the validity of an underlying patent, which would help small firms targeted with abusive letters demanding payment for the supposedly infringing patents.

The groups also praised the clarification that a demand letter counts as an accusation of infringement, although they urged the House to adopt an amendment by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) requiring patent holders to disclose more information prior to a suit.

Read the letter.

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