Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has introduced the Innovation Act, a bill that could curb abuses of the patent system by so-called "patent trolls." "The bill would require companies suing for patent infringement to identify the patents and claims infringed in their initial court pleadings, potentially making it more difficult for patent holders to file broad infringement claims," Grant Gross writes, and also make it known who benefits financially from the patent. The legislation is attracting bipartisan support, and has been praised by the Application Developers Alliance.

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