Congress appears to have put on the back-burner NSBA-opposed patent measures, the Innovation Act and the PATENT Act given various must-do measures and strong opposition from inventors, small businesses and various other stakeholders.
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Amid a very busy fall for Congress is the specter of revisiting NSBA-opposed patent reform legislation which would have a widespread, damaging impact on small inventors.
Lawmakers in the House are expected to vote on the NSBA-opposed Innovation Act (H.R. 9) before they conclude legislative business in July--legislation which could decimate small inventors in the U.S.
Late last week, the House Judiciary Committee approved the NSBA-opposed Innovation Act (H.R. 9) 24-8 which, despite changes, still fails to adequately protect small inventors and remains very problematic.
On June 4, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act (PATENT) Act, which NSBA has opposed due to its inclusion of language unworkable for the nation’s smallest inventors and patent holders.
The House and Senate Judiciary committees are likely to revisit their NSBA-opposed patent bills--the PATENT Act in the Senate and the Innovation Act in the House--soon after their return from recess in early-June.
Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing to examine recently-introduced patent legislation that could be harmful to small inventors and patent holders.
Recently, Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced the STRONG Patents Act as an alternative to the NSBA-opposed Innovation Act.
Last week, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), introduced the Innovation Act which identical to the previous iteration of the bill which NSBA opposed.
Last week, the House passed the NSBA-opposed Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) 325-91, a disturbingly high margin for a bill that could undercut U.S. innovation and the real impact of which is not widely understood on Capitol Hill.