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DeFazio, Chaffetz Introduce Protections Against Patent Trolls

March 1, 2013—Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) Feb. 27 introduced the Saving High-tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes (SHIELD) Act (H.R. 845).  The bill would allow recovery of patent litigation costs resulting from frivolous lawsuits brought by so-called “patent trolls” that buy broad patents on products they did not create.

In a press statement, Rep. Chaffetz said, “Patent trolls contribute nothing to the economy. No industry is immune to these attacks. Instead of creating jobs and growing the economy, businesses are wasting resources to fight off frivolous lawsuits.”

The SHIELD Act would require any party that brings a patent infringement lawsuit and loses to pay attorney fees. Exceptions include suits brought by original inventors, universities, and related technology transfer organizations, among others. 


Matthew Shick, JD
Director, Gov't Relations & Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 202-862-6116

Stephen Heinig
Director, Science Policy
Telephone: 202-828-0488


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