Those who follow Congress are rarely optimistic about what changes the legislative branch can make in an election year. However, this year could be different because of one issue that has historically attracted high levels of bipartisan support: patent reform. The Innovation Act, a patent reform bill, passed the previous Congress by a bipartisan 325-91 majority. Now, Congress has the opportunity to act on a bill that would crack down on patent trolls and put an end to venue abuse. As this year brings yet another prospect for attaining comprehensive patent reform, the leadership of Senate Majority Leader McConnell will be crucial to bring this important legislation closer to a vote and ultimately protect small businesses and the citizens they employ.
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