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This article was published on November 21, 2013

    An end to abusive patent lawsuits? US House panel passes bill aimed at limiting patent trolls

    An end to abusive patent lawsuits? US House panel passes bill aimed at limiting patent trolls
    Kaylene Hong
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    Kaylene Hong

    Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in touch via Twitter or Google+.

    PatentA US congressional panel has approved a bill that aims to crack down on patent trolls — companies which buy or license patents and then push for licensing fees aggressively or file infringement lawsuits, Reuters reports.

    This move was taken in response to abusive patent lawsuits that have surfaced recently, especially in the technology sector — which led to the White House taking this issue to task in June.

    The bill that has been approved by the panel demands companies which file infringement lawsuits to give specific details on what patents are infringed and how they are used, and it also requires judges at patent cases to award fees to the winner in an infringement lawsuit, unless decided otherwise.

    This is the first stage only, though. The bill still needs to be approved by the full House.

    ➤ House panel passes bill targeting ‘patent trolls’ [Reuters]

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