Patent Troll Bill May Conflict With Trade Deal, Report Warns

Law360, New York (August 29, 2012, 7:54 PM EDT) -- A report to Congress has cautioned that a bill aimed at cracking down on technology patent litigation by nonpracticing entities could run afoul of an international trade agreement, and suggested alternative ways lawmakers could address so-called patent trolls, such as requiring actual use of a patent before it can be asserted against others.

The Shield Act, introduced Aug. 1, would let patent defendants recover attorneys' fees if a court rules the plaintiff doesn't have a likelihood of succeeding. The report by the Congressional Research Service said...
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