Patents Expert Witnesses & Patent Reform

Patents expert witnesses may consult on issues involving patent protection, patent prosecution, and patent infringement. In Everything you need to know about how Congress is debating patent reform, writes:

Introduced by Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) in February, the “Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes” bill would create a “loser pays” system for lawsuits in which patent assertion entities that aren’t actively using their patents would be forced to pay a defendant’s legal bills if they lose their lawsuits. Losing defendants, however, wouldn’t have to pay. The bill also seeks to define what a “patent troll” is. According to the SHIELD Act, the patent holder would fit that description unless it is an inventor or original asignee, is actively using the patent, or is a university of “technology transfer organization.”

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