This week, the full House of Representatives will vote on the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309), the best troll-killing bill we've seen so far. This is a big deal: patent reform is sorely needed.
The bill passed out of the House Judiciary Committee two weeks ago with a strong, bipartisan 33-5 vote. Now that it's facing the whole House, it's time to mobilize.
Though the bill has seen a fair number of changes over the last few weeks as it went through the markup and amendment process—and there may be more amendments coming—it remains an extremely strong force in the fight against patent trolls.
The bill makes it easier and cheaper to fight patent trolls in court, it requires trolls to make their cases for infringement publicly and clearly, and it helps protect end users and consumers when they face suits from patent trolls.
We should be clear: while this bill focuses on one part of what plagues our patent system—namely, patent trolls—we have continuing concerns about patent quality and software patents. That being said, we believe the Innovation Act offers effective fixes to an urgent problem, and we need you to tell your lawmakers to support this bill.