Wednesday, June 12, 2013

White House tackles trolls

On June 4 the White House issued a fact sheet that laid out a framework for five recommended executive actions and seven legislative recommendations for both branches of government to address as a means to tackle "patent trolls." For example, the Patent and Trademark Office will draft a proposal to require patent applicants and owners to "regularly update ownership information" as a means of protecting against the creation of shell companies for hiding abusive litigants. Further, it will permit more discretion in awarding fees to prevailing parties in patent cases, providing district courts with more discretion to award attorney’s fees as a sanction for abusive court filings. It also calls on Congress to craft similar legislative language.

Link: Fact Sheet: White House Task Force on High-Tech Patent Issues