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Obama takes action to curb frivolous patent lawsuits

Reuters/ AFR | June 5, 2013
US President Barack Obama took steps on Tuesday intended to curb lawsuits brought by companies and asked for new federal regulations and action from Congress.

Judge Rader's plan calls for courts to restrict pre-trial discovery - gathering evidence in a case - to key terms and key people and would limit the number of patents in each case.

It also calls for courts to evaluate the value of any infringement early on and dispatch smaller cases quickly, and to consider making plaintiffs pay the legal fees of defendants if the judge concludes that the original lawsuit was unfounded.

The court, within weeks, will formally begin an effort to cut the number of patents in each case, Judge Rader said. The other two issues are down the road, he added.



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