EFF Praises Congress for Taking Aim at Patent Trolls with the 'Innovation Act of 2013'

October 23, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The Electronic Frontier Foundation issued a statement today praising Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and other lawmakers that have backed a bipartisan effort to combat the nefarious practice of patent trolling. Rep. Goodlatte has introduced the Innovation Act of 2013 (PDF), a bill that puts limits on the ability to use patents to troll companies and the public. The bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Howard Coble (R-NC), Peter Defazio (D-OR), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Lamar Smith (R-TX), Tom Marino (R-PA), and George Holding (R-GA).

In its statement the EFF thanks patent trolls for getting legislation passed by doing some crazy things like suing small governments and public libraries.

"But, really, the trolls have done all the hard work for us. They targeted app developers for using generally available technology. They sued small city governments for using bus tracking software. They went after businesses for using scan-to-email technology and the kind of WiFi routers you would buy off the shelf at Best Buy."

"Thank you, trolls. You didn't only get our attention, you got the attention of Rep. Goodlatte, along with other congressional leaders, the FTC, and even the President. We're going to be working hard to make sure that not only is your 15 minutes of fame over, but so too is your entire business model."

If you would like to let your representative in Congress know that you want them to support his bill, you can do so here.


 
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