Patent Law Gone Awry: How Bob Goodlatte’s Bill Combines Useless Rigidity With Dangerous Discretion

On February 5, 2015, Republican Bob Goodlatte introduced his so-called “Innovation Act” for patent reform on behalf of a bipartisan coalition of House members.  The Act is a replica of the 2013 bill that passed the House but did not make it into law.  This new proposed legislation comes hard on the heels of the passage of the 2011 American Invents Act (AIA), itself barely three years old.  In an earlier Forbesessay, I explained why I thought that Goodlatte’s proposed 2013 bill could easily smother further technological innovation.  In the two years that have passed, the basic landscape remains unchanged.