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Topic: Sen. Patrick Leahy

Patent Troll Bill Officially Stalled in Senate

'It got nibbled to death by a flock of ducks'

High hopes for a new law aimed at curbing patent troll abuses were all but dashed today when Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the judiciary committee, said he was…

Senate Gives Comcast-Time Warner Cable Deal the Kid Gloves Treatment

Only Sen. Franken opposes merger

Comcast evp David Cohen had it pretty easy before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on the company’s $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable. In answering questions from lawmakers, Cohen rarely…

Senate Patent Troll Bill Gets Delayed in Committee

Sen. Leahy hoped to hammer out compromise next week

The Senate's version of a bill to curb patent troll abuses suffered a slight setback Thursday when Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the judiciary committee, was forced to push…

White House Pushes Forward on Combatting Patent Trolls

Calls on Congress to finish the job

Following up on the President's pledge to combat patent trolls, the White House plans to announce Thursday afternoon additional executive actions and call on Congress "to finish the job." Details of…

Protest to Stop NSA Surveillance Generates 85,000 Calls to Congress

Strong showing still pales in comparison to SOPA protest in 2012

Never underestimate the newfound digital power of advocacy groups to lobby lawmakers. Tuesday's protest against government surveillance, dubbed The Day We Fight Back, generated more than 85,000 phone calls and…

Obama Promotes Patent Reform in State of the Union

Draws lots of cheers from audience

If you blinked, you might have missed President Obama's flyby support in his State of the Union for legislation to stop abusive patent troll practices. It amounted to one sentence…

Bipartisan Patent Troll Bill Easily Passes House

Senate is next

A legislative solution to combat abusive patent troll tactics is well on its way to becoming law with House passage of the Innovation Act today. Judiciary chairman Bob Goodlatte's (R-Va.) bill,…

House Committee Votes to Advance Bill Aimed at Patent Trolls

Rep. Goodlatte calls 33-5 vote a 'pivotal step'

After a marathon markup session that lasted into the evening, the House Judiciary Committee passed a bill targeting abusive patent troll practices. In a bipartisan 33-5 vote, the Innovation Act…

Senate Bill to Curb Patent Troll Abuses Introduced

House patent troll bill goes into markup on Wednesday

Don’t look now, but Congress may be about to agree on a policy matter. Just hours after House judiciary chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) set Wednesday for a markup of his bill…

Long-Awaited Bill to Curb Patent Troll Abuses Introduced

With strong bipartisan support, prospects for passage look good

The much-anticipated bill to curb patent troll abuses is officially moving and moving fast—even after being sidelined by the government shutdown. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the judiciary committee,…

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