Consumer Groups Back Senate Patent Bill
Consumer Groups Back Senate Patent Bill
Consumer Groups Back Senate Patent Bill

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    Six leading consumer groups have told the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee that they support wide-ranging patent legislation currently under consideration. The Committee approved the bill on July 19, 2007.

    In a letter sent Sept. 6, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Knowledge Ecology International, Public Knowledge and U.S. Public Interest Research Group said the legislation “takes a significant first step towards improving patent quality and reducing the costs and uncertainties of litigation.” The bill, S. 1145, is sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT).

    The groups said the patent approval process will benefit from provisions in the bill that:

    • allow for more comprehensive reviews of patent applications, before and after approval;
    • for ensuring that the apportionment of damages for infringement are more fair and
    • for clarifying what will constitute “willful infringement.”

    A copy of the letter is available here (PDF).

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