Friday, April 17, 2015

Debate over Human Trafficking Bill side-tracking patent reform?

of Politico notes that tensions over the Human Trafficking Bill are causing delays in considerations of patent reform:

Negotiations in the Senate Judiciary Committee over a bill to curb frivolous patent lawsuits are running into disputes over the anti-trafficking bill — the same issue that’s causing delays for attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, according to several sources on and off the Hill familiar with the discussions.

However, Tummarello's discussion of patent reform is a bit incomplete.   There is no mention of "loser pays," which is the contentious issue in patent reform.  "Loser pays" is the centerpiece of Congr. Goodlatte's Innovation Act, but does not appear in Sen. Coons STRONG bill, which includes other reforms, and is supported by universities and pharma.

Tummarello concludes:

While the Senate struggles with patent reform, the House is moving full steam ahead. The House Judiciary Committee held a legislative hearing on Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s bill this week and could move it through committee before the House adjourns for recess at the end of the month.

Recall the post of Bruce Berman:

Doubters believe that the Innovation Act, H.R. 9 in its current form, will not improve the United States patent system, but merely make it more acceptable to some of the businesses threatened by it.
Three recent articles make compelling arguments against the current bill, which is largely identical to the one (HR 3309) that passed the full House in late 2013 that died in the Senate
Thirteen-term Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, (R-Southern California), is not a supporter of this bill. His recent op-ed in The Washington Times is worth reading. It’s called “Patent ‘reform’ is killing the right to invent – How a congressional misstep could imperil creativity.”
“Just because a measure holds itself up as ‘tort reform’ should not mean it escapes the scrutiny of free-market Republicans. It should instead call for a skeptical second look, and then more throughout its progress. Guaranteed: Such close-eyed analyses of this bill will encourage deep suspicion…



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