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Even as Congress battles over funding the government, new legislation to curb abusive patent troll practices is beginning to take shape. Members of the Big Tent Coalition representing a diverse of group of businesses victimized by patent trolls met Wednesday to review a discussion draft of a highly-anticipated bill circulated earlier this week by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House judiciary committee.
Formed this summer, the coalition made up of 50 groups and organizations representing diverse businesses—including retailers, advertisers, agencies, bankers, realtors and restaurants—have been a major force in pushing lawmakers to act on an issue that was previously thought of as a technology issue.