Patent reform is appropriately a critical priority for the 114th Congress. Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Darrell Issa’s (R-Calif.) proposed legislation provides an essential effort to rein in patent trolls that are an increasing tax on innovation and competition. The Federal Trade Commission is using its unique investigatory powers to study patent troll business practices. This study, called a “6(b) study,” will be the first to look at the underlying documents and practices of trolls and will greatly enhance the ongoing debate of how best to reform the system.
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