Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On The House Proposal To Combat Patent Trolls

[Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following comment Wednesday after introduction of legislation in the House to combat patent troll abuse. Leahy is working on bipartisan legislation to protect retailers and innovators from misuse of the patent system and has been coordinating with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) on the issue.]

“I commend Chairman Goodlatte on introduction of legislation to combat patent trolling.  This is an issue on which Chairman Goodlatte and I share a common goal.  I am continuing to develop legislation in the Senate with Senator Lee and others.  We will work with all interested Senators to produce the strongest possible legislation that will help American innovators and inventors succeed.

“The United States patent system, when operating as intended, is vital for our economic growth.  I was proud to author legislation enacted in 2011 that will lead to the Patent Office issuing higher quality patents more quickly.  The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act has modernized our patent system, but we still need to protect the system from abuse based on low quality patents.  I look forward to working with Chairman Goodlatte on this important economic issue.”

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