House panel approves ‘patent troll’ legislation

By Mario Trujillo |

Legislation to crack down on so-called patent trolls cleared another hurdle in Congress on Thursday.

The House Judiciary Committee on a 24-8 vote approved its Innovation Act, which aims to curb the abuse of patent infringement litigation. The committee waded through a marathon of more than 20 amendments, including a manager’s amendment from Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).

Advocates for strong reform criticized some changes in the manager’s amendment as weakening the bill, and successfully lobbied for some changes.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) expressed some of those concerns but said lawmakers are trying to strike a delicate balance between multiple industries.

“Here in Congress we deal with the art of the possible,” Issa said during the day-long markup. “So today we are not just marking up a bill that can pass this committee. We are dealing with the reality of getting a bill to the floor, and getting it approved, to the Senate, and making it law.” …read more…