All Access Music Group - Anti-'Patent Troll' Bill Introduced in Congress

January 29, 2014
In The News

As he long promised, Rep. BOB GOODLATTE (R-VA) introduced his patent reform bill in Congress WEDNESDAY morning.  The Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) aims to stop "patent trolls" from using litigation to extract payment from businesses that some see as an abuse of the system.  Radio broadcasters and podcasters are among the parties having been targeted by holders of obscure patents.

NAB EVP/Communications DENNIS WHARTON said, "NAB strongly supports the 'Innovation Act of 2013,' a bill offered today by House Judiciary Committee Chairman ROBERT GOODLATTE (R-VA) that has broad bipartisan support. For too long, U.S. economic growth has been stifled by 'patent trolls' who game the legal system with frivolous patent litigation. AMERICA's hometown broadcasters look forward to working with Chairman GOODLATTE and other House and Senate leaders to pass legislation that will deter patent abuses that are a drain on American businesses."

The bill, which carries bipartisan support, is being cosponsored by Reps. PETER DEFAZIO (D-OR), HOWARD COBLE (R-NC), ZOE LOFGREN (D-CA), LAMAR SMITH (R-TX), ANNA ESHOO (D-CA), JASON CHAFFETZ (R-UT), SPENCER BACHUS (R-AL), TOM MARINO (R-PA), BLAKE FARENTHOLD (R-TX) and GEORGE HOLDING (R-NC).