House Passes Patent Litigation Bill
On December 5, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) by an overwhelming vote of 325-91. Last week six higher education groups co-signed a statement articulating their opposition to portions of the House bill, expressing concern that changes to the litigant fee system could have a negative impact on researchers’ collaborative efforts. The Senate Judiciary Committee is tentatively scheduled to hold a hearing on its own patent litigation bill [Patent Transparency and Improvements Act (S. 1720)] on December 17.