Intellectual Property Law

New Matter SUMMER 2015 Volume 40, Number 2

Legislation Update

DERRICK BRENT Masimo Corporation


In January 2015, new members of Congress were sworn in and a new two-year legislative session began formally. One of the first items on the agenda for the new Congress, however, is anything but new—patent legislation. During the previous congressional session (2013-14), the House of Representatives passed a bill containing changes to patent litigation in the federal courts, primarily. The Senate decided to forego consideration of the House bill and draft: its own legislation. However, the Senate was unable to complete its work on legislation and consideration of the issue, at least for the 2013-14 Congress, stalled in May 2014.

On February 5, 2015, the House re-introduced its bill from the previous Congress, The Innovation Act. The central provisions of the bill are:

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