Weekly Patent News Highlights 5/13/14-5/22/14

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Last week saw a step in the right direction as Senate Judiciary Chairman Leahy (D-VT) delayed patent legislation once again. We have repeatedly stated that this bill needs more time and careful consideration, and it’s starting to look like that is being recognized in Washington.

This week’s roundup includes articles from high profile news outlets such as Slate and Re/code, as well as a statement from a group of American inventors regarding Leahy's decision to delay patent legislation.

Slate looks into the history of patent litigation and in response, applies the “Patent Troll” title to some of America’s most famous inventors including Thomas Edison and Charles Goodyear. Multiple articles this week come from The Hill, covering Leahy’s removal of patent reform legislation from the scheduled mark up date. Another article reports the response of the delay from the tech industry, going so far as to claim that the Senate Judiciary Committee has “bowed to patent troll lobbyists.”

Catch all last week’s articles surrounding patent reform below:

Intellectual Asset Management: Patent reform in the US should be a question of what not when
http://www.iam-magazine.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=ba5a53e5-ec05-4ead-81a9-9...

Intellectual Asset Management: Patent reform delayed, not dead: pause could mean better legislation, says market
http://www.iam-magazine.com/blog/detail.aspx?g=0A763DBE-3FA5-4BA4-8C59-A...

Science AAAS: U.S. Senate Shelves Long Debated Patent Troll Bill
http://news.sciencemag.org/policy/2014/05/u.s.-senate-shelves-long-debat...

Slate: Thomas Edison Was a “Patent Troll”
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/history_of_innovation/2014/05/t...

Re/code: Patent Troll Bill Shelved Over Industry Fighting
http://recode.net/2014/05/21/patent-troll-bill-shelved-over-industry-fig...

The Hill: Why patent reformers must tread lightly
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/206681-why-patent-refo...

The Hill: Tech hits back after Leahy shelves patent bill
http://thehill.com/policy/technology/206844-tech-hits-back-on-shelved-pa...

The Hill: Patent reform bill dealt fatal blow in Senate
http://thehill.com/policy/technology/206793-leahy-takes-patent-reform-of...

Patent Docs blog: Patent Reform Legislation Off The Table—For Now
http://www.patentdocs.org/2014/05/patent-reform-legislation-off-the-tabl...

Reuters: Key U.S. senator Leahy drops patent reform bill for now
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/21/usa-patents-congress-idUSL1N0O...

CQ Roll Call blog: Hope, Blame and the Senate Patent ‘Troll’ Bill
http://blogs.rollcall.com/technocrat/draft-responses-to-patent/?dcz

POLITICO: Patent reform hits dead end in Senate
http://www.politico.com/story/2014/05/patent-reform-senate-106968.html

Broadcasting & Cable: Leahy Pulls Patent Reform Bill
http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/leahy-pulls-patent-refo...

Broadcasting & Cable: House ‘Trolls’ For Patent Letter Abuse Solutions
http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/house-trolls-patent-let...

IP Watchdog: Patent Reform Dead – Off the Senate Agenda
http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2014/05/21/patent-reform-dead-for-2014/id=49688/

PRESS RELEASE: American Inventors Praise Leahy Decision to Delay Patent Legislation
http://www.savetheinventor.com/blog/american-inventors-react-delay-paten...