The patent market might be a year older and, one hopes, a year wiser, but you wouldn’t know it from watching yesterday’s action in Washington DC. In the US capital it was deja-vu all over again as Congressman Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee, effectively reintroduced the Innovation Act, the bill that sailed through the House in late 2013 and which represents his attempt to address what he claims are the litigation abuses which plague the American patent system, stifle innovation and harm the US economy.

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