Kirby Ferguson

The most vigorous attempt yet to stop patent trolls by changing the law has been stopped cold in the US Senate. The language used by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) suggests that negotiations are in a state of gridlock, with the bill unlikely to return this year.
After nearly a year of work, there’s “no agreement on how to combat the scourge of patent trolls” without also harming other patent holders and universities, wrote Leahy. If stakeholders are able to get “a more focused agreement,” Leahy said he’ll bring it immediately to the committee’s attention.
It’s hard to see that happening unless something changes—and soon. The Senate has about two months of work time left until the August break, and when it comes back in September, campaign season will be in full swing. The Senate has no more sessions after October 3.
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