SHIELD Act Targets NPEs With A Flimsy Shield

Law360, New York (August 20, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT) -- Responding to arguments that lawsuits filed by nonpracticing entities (NPEs) stifle innovation and cost the U.S. economy billions, Congress, the president and even the state of Vermont have recently proposed measures to reduce the number of NPE lawsuits.[1] The most well-known recent proposal is HR 845, the Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes Act (SHIELD Act), introduced on Feb. 27, 2013, by Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and currently pending review by the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the...
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