In a year when extortionate patent trolls have targeted smaller American businesses at a higher proportion than at any time previously, the remedy is not to roll back the tools Congress previously put in place, and which are working well today, to improve the quality of patents. Unfortunately, undermining those tools are exactly what legislation introduced by Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) would do. Despite benign suggestions about simply seeking balance, Sen. Coons’ bill would undermine the vaunted Inter Partes Review system created by the America Invents Act, which has been working fairly and successfully since 2012.
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