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H.R. 2766 (113th): STOP Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 22, 2013 (Introduced).


I

113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2766

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 22, 2013

(for himself and Ms. Chu) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To make improvements to the transitional program for covered business method patents, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Stopping the Offensive Use of Patents Act or the STOP Act .

2.

Improvements to transitional program for covered business method patents

(a)

In general

Section 18 of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act ( 35 U.S.C. 321 note) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a), by striking paragraph (3); and

(2)

in subsection (d)(1), by striking a financial product or and inserting an enterprise, a product, or a.

(b)

Effective date

(1)

Removal of sunset

The amendment made by paragraph (1) of subsection (a) shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act.

(2)

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.

3.

Expansion of pro bono program at the United States Patent and Trademark Office

(a)

In general

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.

(b)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Director

The term Director means the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

(2)

Office

The term Office means the United States Patent and Trademark Office.