H. R. 2766
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 22, 2013
Mr. Issa (for himself and Ms. Chu) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To make improvements to the transitional program for covered business method patents, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Stopping the Offensive Use of Patents
Improvements to transitional program for covered business method patents
Section 18 of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act ( 35 U.S.C. 321 note) is amended—
in subsection (a), by striking paragraph (3); and
(d)(1), by striking
a financial product or and inserting
an enterprise, a product, or a.
Removal of sunset
The amendment made by paragraph (1) of subsection (a) shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act.
Definition of covered business method patent
The amendment made by paragraph (2) of subsection (a) shall apply as if included in the enactment of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.
Expansion of pro bono program at the United States Patent and Trademark Office
The Director of the Office shall work with and support intellectual property law associations throughout the United States, within established pro bono programs, to assist financially under-resourced resellers, users, implementers, distributors, or customers of an allegedly infringing product or process.
In this section:
The term Director means the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The term Office means the United States Patent and Trademark Office.