Research Handbook on Patent Law and Theory
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Research Handbook on Patent Law and Theory

Second Edition

Edited by Toshiko Takenaka

This significantly updated second edition of the Research Handbook on Patent Law provides comprehensive coverage of new research for patent protection in three major jurisdictions: the United States, Europe and Japan.
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Chapter 15: Patent litigation reform in the United States

Greg Reilly

Abstract

The United States Congress is increasingly focused on reform to patent litigation to address the increased volume and high costs of patent cases, the supposedly bad actions of certain patentees (so-called ‘patent trolls’), and the perception that many patent cases are meritless and brought only to obtain cost-of-defense settlements. Some proposed reforms are properly tailored to address real problems in the patent system but many are unnecessary, unlikely to be effective because they fail to address underlying problems of substantive patent law, and/or likely to deter even meritorious assertions of patent rights. After providing an overview of proposed patent litigation reforms and their shortcomings, the chapter proposes a reform that is likely to be more effective and better tailored to addressing the problems motivating reform: staging litigation so that some patent issues are resolved in their entirety before there is any discovery or other litigation on other issues.

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