STOP In The Name Of Legislation
Adding to our growing roster of patent reform proposals, we wish to call your attention to yet another Congressional bill, the Stop Offensive Use of Patents Act (STOP), H.R. 2766. Really, how could one argue with a name like that?
Evidently closely tracking the Senate legislation proposed by Senator Charles Schumer, The STOP Act is intended to make “improvements to the Transitional Business Method Program by broadening the definition beyond “a financial product” to include “an enterprise” or “a product.” This change will allow the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to determine the extent of the validity of a number of patents, particularly those related to software and computers, where litigation abuse has run rampant.”
With the growing pile of patent practice proposals in Capitol Hill, it seems likely that some sort of reform measure will be taken.