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 back consideration of his bill to next week, April 3.

Advocates for patent troll reform have been anxiously waiting for the Senate to catch up to the House, which easily passed a bill last year. Just last month, the White House urged the Senate to "finish the job." 

But a number of members on the Senate judiciary committee, including Sens. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) pushed for more changes to Leahy's bill, effectively derailing Leahy's goal to move his bill out of committee as planned.

"I don't think we should pass a bill if it doesn't change the system," said Schumer. "But at the same time, we have to have minority support. We have to get a bill done."

Despite the differences among the committee members, all the members said they were committed to passing legislation and expressed a desire to try and hammer out a final bill next week. At least, that's the goal.

"We're not at the finish line yet, but we're close," Cornyn said.

"We know we have to strike a balance. We're not going to have 10 different bills, we're going to have one," Leahy said.