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S.1612: Patent Litigation Integrity Act of 2013

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about commerce
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Sponsor Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah
Total Cosponsors 0
Introduced Oct. 30, 2013
Latest Major Action Dec. 17, 2013
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Bill Summary

Patent Litigation Integrity Act of 2013 - Requires courts to award a prevailing party reasonable fees and other expenses, including attorney fees, incurred in connection with a civil action in which any party asserts a claim for relief arising under any Act of Congress relating to patents, unless the court finds that the position and conduct of the nonprevailing party were substantially justified or that special circumstances make an award unjust. (Currently, in exceptional cases, the court is permitted but not required to award reasonable attorney fees.)

Authorizes courts, in response to a motion, to order the party alleging infringement to post a bond sufficient to ensure payment of such fees and expenses of the accused infringer.

Directs a court, in determining whether such a bond would be unreasonable or unnecessary, to consider whether:

  • the bond will burden the ability of the party alleging infringement to pursue activities unrelated to the assert...

    (Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Dec. 17, 2013 Committee on the Judiciary. Hearings held.
Oct. 30, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (text of measure as introduced: CR S7675)