White House Announces "Major Progress" on Patent Issues
21 February 2014Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Alert
On 20 February 2014, the White House updated its plans to combat "patent trolls," foster innovation, and improve the U.S. patent system. The Obama administration announced three new executive actions and again called on Congress to pass patent reform legislation, while also declaring "major progress" toward achieving plans it laid out in a June 2013 initiative. This week's announcement is the latest effort by the White House to make it more difficult for frivolous litigation to hamper American innovators and consumers.