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Intellectual Property Roundup

Senate Easily Passes Trade Secrets Bill (The Hill) On Monday, the Senate passed  the Defend Trade Secrets Act on a 87-0 vote which would provide damages for U.S. companies affected by IP theft. Coalition of Artists, Music Groups Call for US Congress to Reform Digital Millenium Copyright Act (Tech Times) The Recording Industry Association of America is asking Congress to reform the DMCA. RIAA is claiming that parts of the law are “obsolete, dysfunctional, and harmful.” $85 million patent verdict, largest ever against Google, Wiped Out on Appeal (Ars Technica) An East Texas jury ordered Google to pay $85 million to a patent troll company called SimpleAir.  Since then, a panel of three judges from the US Court of Appeals for the Federal circuit held that Google did not actually infringe. ACA Seeks Help with Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Broadcasting & Cable) The American Cable Association filed comments with the Copyright Office regarding DMCA sa ...


SIIA Applauds the Obama Administration’s Focus on Improving the Patent System; Calls for Action in Congress on Litigation Abuse

SIIA welcomes today’s announcement by the Obama Administration that it will make improvements to the patent system to strengthen the quality of the patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and foster innovation and to combat litigation abuse by patent trolls.  SIIA is especially pleased that the Administration has issued a renewed call for Congress to enact meaningful patent litigation abuse legislation.