H.R. 845: Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes Act of 2013

Feb 27, 2013
Referred to Committee
1% chance of being enacted
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Peter DeFazio
Representative for Oregon's 4th congressional district
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Feb 27, 2013
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H.R. 6245 (112th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Aug 01, 2012


This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on February 27, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Introduced Feb 27, 2013
Referred to Committee Feb 27, 2013
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5% chance of getting past committee.
1% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

To amend chapter 29 of title 35, United States Code, to provide for the recovery of patent litigation costs, and for other purposes.


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6 cosponsors (3D, 3R) (show)

House Judiciary

Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

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Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes Act of 2013 - Amends federal patent law, with respect to the remedies available in actions involving validity or infringement of a patent, to allow a party asserting invalidity or noninfringement to move for a judgment that the adverse party is not:
(1) the inventor, a joint inventor, or in the case of a patent filed by, and awarded to, an assignee of the original inventor or joint inventor, the original assignee of the patent;
(2) able to provide documentation of substantial investment made in the exploitation of the patent through production or sale of an item covered by the patent; or
(3) an institution of higher education or a technology transfer organization.
Directs courts making such a judgment to award the recovery of full costs to any prevailing party asserting invalidity or noninfringement, including reasonable attorney's fees, other than the United States, unless exceptional circumstances make an award unjust.

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