The National Retail Federation, the 4As, Overstock.com, the Coalition for Patent Fairness and some of the more than 50 organizations of the Big Tent coalition fighting patent troll abuse will descend on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Organized by the Coalition for Patent Fairness, the meetings follow a letter sent to lawmakers signed by 50 diverse organizations, which intend to walk the Halls of Congress on Thursday.
Meetings are scheduled with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the two chairmen of the judiciary committees that have jurisdiction over patent reform and are working on an omnibus bill. Also on the list are many members of the House Judiciary committee.
With less than two weeks left before Congress leaves town for the month of August, it isn't the greatest time to try and push anything in Congress. But patent troll legislation could prove an exception.
Presidential executive actions and a half dozen bills have been introduced in Congress offering a variety of solutions to fight patent troll abuses. And they keep on coming. Earlier this week, Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Judy Chu (D-Calif.) introduced the Stopping the Offensive Use of Patents Act or STOP Act, which is similar to a bill introduced on the Senate side by Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
The Big Tent coalition has its fingers crossed for a comprehensive discussion draft either before the August recess or soon after. According to a House judiciary aide, a discussion draft is in the works and the backers continue to receive comments and work with interested stakeholders to make changes and improvements.