|Rep Bob Goodlatte|
“It is clear that the abuse of the patent system is stifling innovation and putting a drag on our economy. The trolling has gotten out of control, and it’s time to act".
The court shall award, to a prevailing party, reasonable fees and other expenses incurred by that party in connection with a civil action in which any party asserts a claim for relief arising under any Act of Congress relating to patents, unless the court finds that the position and conduct of the non prevailing party or parties were reasonably justified in law and fact or that special circumstances (such as severe economic hardship to a named inventor) make an award unjust [Here comes the loser pays rule, yells Merpel].
It is unlikely that the Innovation Act will pass through Senate before the new year, and the debate will surely raise more thoughts and comments, depending on the way this Act will be amended.