Tech industry urges Congress for protection on patents


ASSOCIATED PRESS: Companies are being sued for decades-old technology patents.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS: Companies are being sued for decades-old technology patents.

Congress is expected to take up legislation this year that would make it tougher for people to claim patent infringement, and put them on the hook for legal costs if they lose. The bill has become a top lobbying priority this year for the tech industry, which says it repeatedly fends off frivolous lawsuits because of poorly written software patents and laws that favor patent holders.

But lawmakers have repeatedly stumbled over the issue, which doesn’t fall neatly along party lines. America’s drugmakers, universities and trial lawyers claim that patents are the lifeblood of American invention and that the current bill goes too far.

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