Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va) has reintroduced a patent reform bill, known as the Innovation Act, that enjoyed bipartisan support last year, but was killed by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt). The prospects for the bill, which would undercut the business model of so-called patent trolls, are bright since Republicans now control both House of Congress and President Obama has long opposed patent trolling. Once again, though, the real action is expected to take place in the Senate — where influential figures like Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Jon Cornyn (R-Tx) are likely to again offer their support. On the other side, trial lawyers and the patent trolls are expected to push to water it down, in part by warning that it will threaten “innovation.” (See “5 key questions for patent reform in 2015” to see how this might all play out.
The head of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), said on Tuesday that a bipartisan bill to fix America’s dysfunctional patent system failed this spring after it ran into the “DC version of quicksand known as the Senate,” but that 2015 will be a different story.
A long awaited bill that would confirm consumers have the right to unlock their mobile devices has finally arrived — but with new language that appears to limit certain types of unlocking.
Microsoft and its allies delivered a big blow to a plan to fix the software patent mess. Here’s an account of what happened and why forces in the Senate could still bring real reform.
Congress has started a review of copyright law that will shape creative policies on the internet for years to come.
While the proposed Unlocking Technology Act would certainly address the controversy of cellphone unlocking it would quite a bit farther than previous bills to deal will phone locks, and farther than the White House called for in its statement, both of which were narrowly targeted at allowing consumers to move their phones from one network to another.