SJC Chairman Leahy Statement On Committee Consideration Of Legislation To Combat Abuse In The Patent System

WASHINGTON (Thursday, March 13, 2014) – Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following statement Thursday regarding the Committee’s upcoming consideration of legislation to combat abuses in the patent system. Leahy is the author of the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013, a bipartisan bill to protect businesses and innovators who are being improperly targeted by patent trolls. He chaired a hearing on the issue in December and led a series of staff briefings in January and February. The Committee will begin consideration of patent legislation at the March 27 executive business meeting.

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Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),
Chairman, Senate Committee On The Judiciary,
On Committee Consideration Of 
Legislation To Combat Abuse In The Patent System
March 13, 2014

“America’s patent system is the envy of the world and an engine for job creation. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have been working on meaningful, targeted legislation to combat patent abuses in our system.  As chairman of the Committee, I am committed to ensuring we move forward with meaningful legislation this spring.

“In order to ensure a timely markup of this important issue that affects American businesses, I will list bipartisan legislation for consideration on our next agenda. I look forward to the Committee considering this important legislation.”

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