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(2014: ** later stalled: [http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/09/senate-patent-reform-bill-delayed-yet-again/ Senate Patent Reform Bill Delayed Yet Again], 9 April 2014, '''Techcrunch''')
 
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Weak "reform" bills are frequently proposed in the [[USA]].  At best, some can be called a step in the right direction but even those proposals carry the problem of distracting people from real solutions such as to [[exclude software from patentability]] or [[shield software from litigation]].  The [[America Invents Act]], adopted in 2011, is a good example.  It took five years of work to get it adopted, and it has had no noticeable effect on software patents.
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Weak "reform" bills are frequently proposed in the [[USA]].  At best, some can be called a step in the right direction but even those proposals carry the problem of distracting people from real solutions such as [[excluding software from patentability]] or [[shielding software from litigation]].  The [[America Invents Act]], adopted in 2011, is a good example.  It took five years of work to get it adopted, and it has had no noticeable effect on software patents.
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Most proposals focus on [[patent trolls]] but [[patent trolls are not the biggest problem]].
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==2014==
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* [http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/05/fight-against-patent-trolls-flags-in-the-senate-but-states-push-ahead/ Ten states pass anti-patent-troll laws, with more to come], 15 may 2014, '''Ars Technica'''
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** Discussion: [http://yro.slashdot.org/story/14/05/15/233258/ten-states-pass-anti-patent-troll-laws-with-more-to-come Slashdot]
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* [http://patentlyo.com/patent/2014/04/moving-forward-congress.html Patent Reform Moving Forward in Congress], 1 April 2014, '''[[Patently-O]]'''
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** later stalled: [http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/09/senate-patent-reform-bill-delayed-yet-again/ Senate Patent Reform Bill Delayed Yet Again], 9 April 2014, '''Techcrunch'''
  
 
==2013==
 
==2013==
  
Two such steps in the right direction were proposed in 2013:
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Three such steps in the right direction were proposed in 2013:
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* "Innovation Act"
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** Yet another anti-troll measure.  This has been passed by the ''House of Representatives'' with a large majority.<ref>http://www.infoworld.com/t/government/patent-troll-bill-clears-house-huge-majority-232218</ref>  [[EFF]] clearly [https://www.eff.org/cases/six-good-things-about-innovation-act loves it], but it does nothing to stop the main problems (which are caused by large software companies).
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** Commentary by [http://politics.slashdot.org/story/13/12/05/2250226/patent-troll-bill-clears-house-with-huge-majority Slashdot], [http://www.infoworld.com/t/government/patent-troll-bill-clears-house-huge-majority-232218 Simon Phipps], [http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/12/house-votes-325-91-to-pass-innovation-act-first-anti-patent-troll-bill/ ArsTechnica]
 
* [https://www.eff.org/sites/default/files/patent_litigation_and_innovation_act.pdf Patent Litigation and Innovation Act]
 
* [https://www.eff.org/sites/default/files/patent_litigation_and_innovation_act.pdf Patent Litigation and Innovation Act]
 
* [https://www.eff.org/sites/default/files/stop_act.pdf Stopping the Offensive Use of Patents (STOP) Act]
 
* [https://www.eff.org/sites/default/files/stop_act.pdf Stopping the Offensive Use of Patents (STOP) Act]
  
 
Neither are close to being strong enough to justify using your time to support these instead of [[abolition]].
 
Neither are close to being strong enough to justify using your time to support these instead of [[abolition]].
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In the state of Vermont, there's also a proposal:
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* [[Vermont patent troll law]]
  
 
==2012==
 
==2012==
  
* [[Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes Act]]
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* [[Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes Act]] (aka SHIELD Act)
  
 
This was better than the 2013 proposals.
 
This was better than the 2013 proposals.
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* [https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/07/momentum-continues-hill-patent-reform Momentum Continues on the Hill with Two New Patent Reform Bills], July 2013, '''[[EFF]]'''
 
* [https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/07/momentum-continues-hill-patent-reform Momentum Continues on the Hill with Two New Patent Reform Bills], July 2013, '''[[EFF]]'''
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* [http://www.patentlyo.com/patent/2013/10/new-patent-legislation-innovation-act-of-2013.html Innovation Act of 2013], 24 Oct 2013, '''[[Patently-O]]'''
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Latest revision as of 20:50, 16 May 2014

Weak "reform" bills are frequently proposed in the USA. At best, some can be called a step in the right direction but even those proposals carry the problem of distracting people from real solutions such as excluding software from patentability or shielding software from litigation. The America Invents Act, adopted in 2011, is a good example. It took five years of work to get it adopted, and it has had no noticeable effect on software patents.

Most proposals focus on patent trolls but patent trolls are not the biggest problem.

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Three such steps in the right direction were proposed in 2013:

Neither are close to being strong enough to justify using your time to support these instead of abolition.

In the state of Vermont, there's also a proposal:

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This was better than the 2013 proposals.

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