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Ad group to offer patent troll insurance [updated]

August 11, 2015 11:31 am

While Congress struggles to move legislation to curb abusive patent troll practices, the Association of National Advertisers has taken matters into its own hands, introducing an insurance program to protect its members against the legal expense of fighting patent assertion entities (PAEs), [...]

Netflix prevails in patent case with Rovi

July 16, 2015 12:03 pm

Netflix posted a big win in a patent case with Rovi, a provider of digital entertainment guides.  Netflix and Rovi were sparring over five of patents related to various features and functionality used by the over-the-top (OTT) video service. Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton, US District Court, [...]

Lawmakers try to slow down patent reform bills

July 15, 2015 10:15 am

As two patent reform bills near floor votes in the House and the Senate, opponents speaking out in an effort to derail them. A bipartisan group of eight lawmakers predicted that the two bills, the House Innovation Act headed for a floor vote this month and the Senate PATENT Act right behind it in [...]

CEA patent troll ad targets lawmakers at airport

July 1, 2015 3:05 pm

The Consumer Electronics Association is bucking the typical advocacy practice of taking out a bunch of inside-the beltway newspaper ads. To campaign for legislation to combat patent trolls (patent assertion entities), the group turned to airport ads, where it knew it would catch the eyes of [...]

Update: Patent reform bills won’t move until after Memorial Day

May 18, 2015 3:38 pm

At the end of last week it looked like Wednesday would be the day that House Judiciary would be marking up chairman Bob Goodlatte’s (R-Va) Innovation Act (H.R. 9), a bill to combat abusive patent troll practices.  But on Monday, a House aide indicated that formal work on the bill [...]

PATENT Act is almost there, but not quite

May 7, 2015 2:12 pm

The Senate bill to combat abusive patent troll practices that was unveiled with big fanfare last week and put on the fast track, may be put through a few more paces before it gets out of committee. Despite enthusiasm on display during a judiciary hearing Thursday from chairman Chuck Grassley [...]

TROL Act passes House commerce committee

April 29, 2015 6:10 pm

A narrow bill targeting abusive patent demand letters was voted out of the House energy and commerce committee on a 30-22 vote. Authored by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Tex.), chairman of the commerce, manufacturing and trade subcommittee, The Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters (TROL) Act has had a [...]
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