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Advocacy Update: House Moves Ahead on Demand Letters; Senate May Introduce Patent Legislation

from AUTM

As the patent issue continues to percolate in Washington, the House Energy and Commerce Committee plans to act on a bill focused on reining in unfair demand letters.

The TROL Act is expected to be marked up by the full committee this week. The legislation would require additional information to be included in demand letters, but would also provide federal preemption over the rapidly expanding number of state demand letter laws. The higher education community generally supports this legislation.

Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee is looking to unveil their version of the patent litigation legislation. Negotiations have focused on improving the bill over its House counterpart, H.R. 9, which is unacceptable to higher education and other patent holder communities.

No word yet on when the House Judiciary Committee will attempt to mark up H.R. 9, but it appears unlikely before mid-May. For more information on policy and legislative issues, visit AUTM's advocacy resources. more

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