3 hrs ago
Tech groups praise House 'patent troll' vote
The bill passed the House 325-91 on Thursday over objections from Democrats, including Judiciary ranking member Rep. John Conyers and Rep. Mel Watt, ranking member on the Judiciary subcommittee on Intellectual Property.
7 hrs ago
Deutch Doesn't Play When It Comes to Piano
The Florida Democrat spontaneously began playing a few bars Wednesday, following a Recording Academy briefing for lawmakers interested in intellectual property rights.
8 hrs ago
US News & World Report
Bipartisan Innovation Act Clears House
The patent reform bill introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., appears to have some bipartisan support in Congress as well as from the White House.
10 hrs ago
The Huffington Post
Strong Jobs Report Could Mean Bad News For Unemployment Benefits
The good news that the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7 percent in November could be bad news for more than a million of the long-term unemployed whose federal benefits are scheduled to expire at the end of the month.
14 hrs ago
What to Watch as the Senate Targets Patent Trolls
Rousing itself from its tendency toward angry paralysis , a large and bipartisan majority in the House quickly passed legislation that would tamp down on patent abuses .
Thu Dec 05, 2013
Elected officials praise Nelson Mandela
In this Dec. 7, 2005, file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela, 87, is in a jovial mood at the Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, where he met with the winner and runner-up of the local "Idols" Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
House overwhelmingly passes landmark patent reform bill - but not without dissent
The bill went through in an overwhelming 325-91 vote. Republicans voted 195-27 for the bill, and Democrats supported it 130-64.
South China Morning Post
US House to vote on Google-backed bill to rein in patent lawsuits
The US House of Representatives is poised to vote on legislation supported by Google that could make it more expensive for patent owners to defend their intellectual property.
Patent Reform Is About to Pass the House. But Mel Watt Isn't Done Fighting.
The House looks like it's just a couple of hours away from passing legislation meant to curb patent trolling, but Rep. Mel Watt isn't letting it through without one last stand.
Let's not miss this opportunity for consensus-based patent reform
Our news is peppered these days with reports of "patent trolls" - dark, ugly creatures, shaking down innocent companies based on absurd claims of patent infringement.
Wed Dec 04, 2013
The Wall Street Journal
Bill on Patent 'Trolls' Seen Likely to Pass House
Supporters are confident that legislation designed to cut down on abusive patent lawsuits will pass a House vote this week, despite late objections from a several groups on the right.
The Post-Thanksgiving Judiciary Committee Gobbledy-Glock | Madisonville
The House Judiciary Committee this week sounded like the living room after Thanksgiving dinner.
Party lines crossed as members get up to speed on patent bill -...
Your MT-er and Erin have the story, for Pros: "If you're trying to handicap this week's expected House vote on a sweeping patent reform bill, leave the party affiliations at the door.
Tue Dec 03, 2013
Overnight Tech: House to vote on patent bill Thursday
THE LEDE : The House is expected to consider the Innovation Act - the patent reform bill authored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte - on Thursday.
Activists Expand Fast, As House Republicans Hold Hearing To Call Out Obama For Acting On Reform
On Tuesday, activists fasting for the 22nd day on the National Mall announced that they would expand efforts by passing their fast to a new group of prominent leaders as activists faced dire health consequences.
Sun Dec 01, 2013
Detroit Free Press
This week in Michigan history: Rosa Parks' defiance leads to Montgomery bus boycott
Future Detroiter Rosa Parks was arrested Dec. 1, 1955, after refusing to move to the back of a city bus in Montgomery, Ala.
Sat Nov 30, 2013
Mike Connell: High court rolls dice on Port Huron casino
Over the past dozen years, efforts to open a casino in Port Huron have been thwarted by the oddest collection of bedfellows -- Harry Reid and Tom DeLay, Mike Rogers and John Conyers, Jack Abramoff and Kwame Kilpatrick.
'Non-Practicing Lawmakers' -- The Mark-up of H.R. 3309
As we have previously reported, Rep. Goodlatte , the Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary, introduced the "Innovation Act" to curb abusive patent litigation, and conducted a hearing of his committee to address the merits of his bill.
Mon Nov 25, 2013
Earl Sampson arrested: Was Florida store clerk profiling victim
Sen. Ben Cardin and Rep. John Conyers banded together for a second time to announce companion versions of the End Racial Profiling Act of 2013, legislation they had previously pushed in 2011 and that appeared before Congress in 2001,... Convenience store clerk Earl Sampson has been arrested and jailed 56 times and some are asking if he is a victim ... (more)
Sun Nov 24, 2013
Swindlers Get Reprieve
Conservatives are betting big on the failure of the Affordable Care Act. They seem to think that if they can sabotage the health reforms, not only will it cause the general collapse of liberalism, but they also hope that health care in the United States will revert to the corrupt old system that allowed insurance companies to deny coverage to ... (more)