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Patent Reform

Frivolous litigation brought by so-called “patent trolls” drains $1.5 billion a week from the U.S. economy — money that innovators must spend on lawyers rather than research and development, marketing or creating jobs. Eighty percent of patent troll victims are small and medium-size businesses who lack the financial resources to fight the trolls' bogus infringement claims.
 
To preserve our  innovation economy, we are asking Congress to end patent trolling by:

  • requiring plaintiffs to be upfront and truthful about their lawsuits;

  • ​preventing plaintiffs from shopping for troll-friendly courts;

  • limiting abuses of the discovery process;

  • providing for fee-shifting in bogus cases; and

  • protecting innocent end users of technology

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