Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, introduced a bill Monday aimed at reforming the patent process and combatting abuses by so-called patent trolls.
The Senate bill was dropped as House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., set a markup for Wednesday on his committee’s version of patent reform.
The Leahy-Lee bill shares many similarities with the House measure. It would increase transparency of patent ownership, require more details in patent demand letters, and strengthen defendants’ rights in patent cases.
“America’s patent system is the envy of the world, but unfortunately some bad actors are misusing the system to sue unsuspecting consumers or extort monetary settlements by making misleading demands,” Leahy said in a statement.
The bill has backing from a range of groups, including “‹Public Knowledge, the National Association of Broadcasters, “‹the “‹Internet Association”‹, “‹and BSA The Software Alliance.