Maine LD 159: An Act To Prevent Bad Faith Assertions of Patent Infringement

LD 159 (subjects: BUSINESS PRACTICES , PATENTS )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=159&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Matthea Daughtry of Brunswick: (D – District 49) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

9 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
1/29/2015 House Committee on Judiciary suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on JUDICIARY.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
2/3/2015 Senate On motion by Senator VOLK of Cumberland REFERRED to the Committee on Judiciary, in concurrence.
4/23/2015 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative HOBBINS of Saco, the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report was ACCEPTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/28/2015 Senate Reports READ.
On motion by Senator BURNS of Washington the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report ACCEPTED, in concurrence.
Placed in the Legislative Files (DEAD).

Bill Text

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An Act To Prevent Bad Faith Assertions of Patent Infringement

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 14 MRSA 8701, sub- 7, as enacted by PL 2013, c. 543, 1, is repealed.

SUMMARY

Current law prohibits a person from making a bad faith assertion of patent infringement against another person. A person who does make a bad faith assertion may have to pay remedies awarded by the court, including equitable relief, damages, costs and fees and punitive damages; however, the law exempts persons seeking relief pursuant to 35 United States Code, Section 271(e)(2) or 42 United States Code, Section 262 from the law prohibiting bad faith assertions of patent infringement, which may include businesses such as pharmaceutical companies. This bill removes the exemption.

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Note: Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) Qualified candidates only accept a small dollar value of initial contributions early in their campaigns, pledge not to accept further campaign contributions from private sources, and receive public funding for their campaigns. MCEA Non-Qualified candidates choose not to obtain public funding and instead are free to accept campaign contributions from individuals, party committees, political action committees and business sources.


This information about LD 159 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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