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house Bill H.R. 9

Reforming Patent Law to Reduce Frivolous Lawsuits

Argument in favor

Frivolous patent lawsuits discourage innovation, and are often settled because the cost of taking the case to trial are so high. Discouraging patent trolls from gaming the system protects legitimate intellectual property rights.

BTSundra's Opinion
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11/11/2015
Removing frivolous lawsuits leaves space in our courts for cases that actually matter.
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Burnetta's Opinion
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10/24/2015
If it protects the inventor that's fine. Just my opinion
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Mikeizzo1993's Opinion
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10/27/2015
We need to stop patent trolls that own broad reaching patents from suing actual inventors with actual uses for a patent.
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Argument opposed

This bill is so broad that it may actually hurt small businesses that are suing because their patent rights have been infringed. If it discourages those small companies from asserting their rights, it will have done more harm than good.

Wes's Opinion
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10/09/2015
When our crooked, greedy, Congress reforms itself, then they can worry about reforming others.
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StratonGarrard's Opinion
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10/15/2015
Undercutting our patent system in order to short-change lawyers seems unreasonable when one considers the effect such a bill could have on small start-ups, who would find it harder to protect their intellectual property.
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JayinNC's Opinion
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11/18/2016
When the US congress starts protecting the American inventors from the Chinese then we can focus on frivolus
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
      Committee on the Judiciary
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
    IntroducedFebruary 5th, 2015

Bill Activity

  • action
    Introduced in House
  • referral
    Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
  • referral
    Referred to the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet.
  • hearings
    Committee on the Judiciary. Hearings held.
  • hearings
    Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Hearings held.
  • action
    Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Discharged.
  • action
    Committee Hearings Held.
  • action
    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
  • calendar
    Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 24 - 8.
  • action
    Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 114-235.
  • calendar
    Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 177.
  • hearings
    Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Hearings held.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
      Committee on the Judiciary
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
    IntroducedFebruary 5th, 2015