Weekly Patent News Highlights 7/18/14

Friday, Jul 18th, 2014

This week we hear more about the positive effects of the Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters Act, or TROL Act. This bill is one step in the right direction towards smart patent reform. The TROL Act would put restrictions on the "demand letters" companies send threatening patent infringement lawsuits.

A bill “targeting abusive demand letters is urgently needed and will address one of the most pressing problems that currently exists in connection with patent enforcement practices,” the Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform said.

Gene Quinn from IPWatchdog says “If the FTC focuses on bogus and overreaching demand letters they should be able to do quite a bit of good without compromising the positions of legitimate innovators who seek redress for infringement.”

For more on the TROL Act and other patent related news, click the links below:

Letter to the Editor, Omaha World Herald: Terry is right to take on the trolls

Denver Post Your Hub: Your Voice: Individuals empower innovation

The Hill: Momentum builds to limit patent threats

Washington Examiner: House panel approves proposed bill aimed at abusive demand letters

IP Watchdog: House Subcommittee Takes up TROL Act on Demand Letters