Patent Troll Bill Killed In Senate

Law360, New York (May 21, 2014, 7:33 PM EDT) -- The chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday pulled a bill aimed at cracking down on so-called patent trolls from the committee's agenda, a move attorneys say dooms any chance that Congress will pass reform patent legislation this year.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said lawmakers were unable to reach a consensus on controversial aspects of the measure, like whether to mandate that many losing parties in patent litigation should pay their opponents' legal fees. As a result, the committee will no longer consider the bill, he said.

"I have said all along that we needed broad bipartisan support to...

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