Why the Innovation Act stalled in the House – and why it matters


By Michael Rosen in Tech Policy Daily

Opponents of a patent “troll” reform bill currently before the House of Representatives won a significant tactical victory last week when House leadership pushed back a vote on the measure. The delay likely means a greater focus on a parallel bill that’s wending its way through the Senate and undergoing intense negotiations between lawmakers and interest groups.

Citing a “sudden crush of bipartisan opposition,” National Journal reported last week that a floor vote on H.R. 9, also known as the Innovation Act, would be postponed at least several weeks, “potentially jeopardizing its prospects of advancing through the chamber.”