Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Patent reform in trouble?

From the Washington Times,

Patent-reform bill hit from both sides of the aisle

link: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jun/16/patent-reform-bill-hit-both-sides-aisle/

“It’s a broad-spectrum weed killer, but it’s killing plants, too,” said Rep. Thomas Massie, a Kentucky Republican and MIT graduate who said he holds 29 patents.

“The problem,” he said, “is everything this does to a troll, it does to a legitimate inventor.”

Mr. Massie is leading the fight alongside Reps. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican, and Marcy Kaptur, Ohio Democrat.

Some conservatives see the reform legislation as a gift from the administration to Google, which stands to gain from a tightened legal patent process as it battles competitors such as Apple Inc.

Mr. Massie said larger companies are not dissuaded from ripping off ideas, because the law weakens a judge’s ability to freeze the company’s ability to ship products once they are caught.


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