Senators Call For Caution On Anti-'Patent Troll' Bill

By Ryan Davis (December 17, 2013, 5:19 PM EST) -- Legislation is needed to crack down on so-called patent trolls, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee said at a Tuesday hearing, but lawmakers appeared split over the best way to address the issue, with several calling for further study before any bill is voted on.

The Senate panel took up the issue soon after the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to approve the Innovation Act, H.R. 3309, a package of significant changes to patent law, including heightened pleading standards and limitations on discovery, aimed at making it more difficult for nonpracticing entities to file abusive patent suits.

At Tuesday's hearing, Senate...

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