House Judiciary Committee Sides With Corporations in Patent Law
5-23-11 – For over 150 years, when a company lies about its product being patented, a consumer can sue them and share the fine that the court imposes for lying to the government. In other words, patent law has been allowing for qui tam law suits. A small part of the pending patent reform bill, “America Invents Act of 2011”, eliminates the right of consumers to go after lying corporations, thus disallowing a powerful tool of the people – the qui tam suit. The anti-false marking law in this Act would only allow false marking lawsuits filed by the US government or by a competitor who can prove competitive injury.