It's make or break time for the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309), with less than two days until a crucial vote. The Act injects some much-needed reform into the patent system (though it doesn't go far enough), and it's been moving strongly through Congress, coming out of committee with a 33-5 vote. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is asking its supporters to call their reps to tell them to support the bill.
Use our tool to call your representative and tell him or her to support the Innovation Act. (You can also email your member of Congress and urge them to support the bill.)
Though the bill has seen a fair number of changes over the last few weeks as it went through the markup and amendment process—and there may be more amendments coming—it remains an extremely strong force in the fight against patent trolls.
The bill makes it easier and cheaper to fight patent trolls in court, it requires trolls to make their cases for infringement publicly and clearly, and it helps protect end users and consumers when they face suits from patent trolls.
You Have 48 Hours to Stop Patent Trolls
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