Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s Innovation Act 2013, framed as a piece of legislation designed to curb the activities of “patent trolls” in the US, is due to be voted on in the House of Representatives later today. But before legislators make any final decisions there are a few things that we believe they need to consider very carefully, given that if the legislation as it stands is passed it will represent a seismic change in the functioning of a litigation system which has underpinned the US’s global innovation leadership for decades. So, here are a few points to think about:

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