Volume 92 Issue 9 | p. 9 | News of The Week
Issue Date: March 3, 2014 | Web Date: February 28, 2014

White House Seeks To Bolster Patent System

Innovation: Administration takes steps to prevent the granting of weak patents, frivolous patent litigation
Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: patent, troll, inventors, innovation

Obama Administration officials say they are taking steps to ensure that fewer weak patents are granted by the U.S. government. They are also working on safeguards to protect inventors from frivolous litigation.

The executive actions seek to combat what technology giants such as Google and Microsoft call “patent trolls,” firms that buy vague or low-quality patents and then try to extract licensing fees or file infringement lawsuits against end users of the technologies.

President Barack . . .

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