Sens. Tell USPTO To Revive Small Patent Claims Court Talks

By Dani Kass (July 29, 2021, 9:01 PM EDT) -- Several senators have asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to commission a study looking at whether a small claims court for patent litigation should be created, reopening an issue that's lain dormant for nearly a decade.

Former USPTO Director David Kappos had asked for public comment on the possibility of a separate court for low-stakes patent cases in December 2012, and the senators say there has been no follow-up from the agency. On Tuesday, they asked for a study to see whether such a court would make sense.

Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.; Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; Tom Cotton, R-Ark.; Mazie Hirono,...

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