Government Affairs

Obama Administration Seeks to Strengthen Patent Procedures, Address Patent Trolls

The White House announced progress on a series of initiatives intended to strengthen the patent system, make it easier for small businesses to file applications and combat patent trolls. Among other actions, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is drafting regulations to make recorded patent owner information more transparent to the public.

West Virginia Bill to Permit Remote Starters Approved by Roads and Transportation Committee; Moves to Judiciary Committee

Legislation to provide that a motor vehicle that has been started by use of a remote starter when the vehicle is locked is not an “unattended vehicle” and not in violation of the law was approved by the House Roads and Transportation Committee.

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