In recent years, patents have become the subject of many Congressional bills. Because the House Judiciary Committee introduces many of the bills, it is a good place to look if you want an early sense where US patent law reform may go next.
Here is a recent hearing from the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet on April 16, 2013: Abusive Patent Litigation: The Issues Impacting American Competitiveness and Job Creation at the International Trade Commission and Beyond.
If you review the statement of the Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and the statements of the witnesses it suggests reasons why the SHIELD Act finds some support despite its apparent flaws.
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