White House applauds Leahy patent bill

The White House announced its support for the patent reform bill introduced by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyBattle over timing complicates Democratic shutdown strategy Hillicon Valley: Russia 'amplifying' concerns around mail-in voting to undermine election | Facebook and Twitter take steps to limit Trump remarks on voting | Facebook to block political ads ahead of election Top Democrats press Trump to sanction Russian individuals over 2020 election interference efforts MORE (D-Vt.) and Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeMcConnell shores up GOP support for coronavirus package McConnell tries to unify GOP Davis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump MORE (R-Utah) Monday.

In a statement late Monday, Gene Sperling, director of President Barack Obama’s National Economic Council, called the introduction of the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act “a big step in the right direction.”

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The bill from Leahy and Lee comes as the House Judiciary Committee prepares to markup the Innovation Act — authored by Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) — Wednesday.

The introduction of the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act “makes clear that both chambers of Congress share the President's goal of encouraging innovation, not needless litigation, by reducing abusive patent trolls lawsuits,” Sperling said.

“The bill addresses many common-sense reforms we called for in June, including making patent ownership more transparent, better protecting end-users from troll lawsuits, and undercutting abusive use of demand letters.”

Sperling said the White House looks forward to working with Leahy, Lee, Goodlatte “and other leading Democrats and Republicans in Congress to advance legislation that enjoys strong consensus of both parties and the wide range of stakeholders calling for action this year."