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Wednesday, May 06, 2015
New York Times editorial on patent reform
In an editorial titled, "Curbing Abusive Patent Lawsuits" --
The New York Times favored the Senate PATENT Act over the Goodlatte Innovation Act.
But, see also the post at TheHill titled
Senate patent bill faces hard sell--
TheHill mentions both patent bills. However, the text confuses "legitimate" with winning positions.
Just because a position loses does not mean it was not legitimate.
Fortunately, Congress is currently considering the Innovation Act (H.R. 9), which will ensure that innovators are given space to invent without having to fear patent trolls. The legislation does not affect the patent process or legitimate patent litigation; it only guarantees that certain safeguards are implemented that place the burden on patent trolls to prove their claim before they can extort hard-working job creators.
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