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Arthur Hellman’s Legislative Proposal Cited at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

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January 3, 2014

A proposed amendment to the Judicial Code co-authored by Pitt Law Professor Arthur D. Hellman was cited in testimony at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on patent law reform. The proposed amendment would override the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Gunn v. Minton, holding that legal malpractice actions based on underlying patent matters generally cannot be heard in federal courts. Hellman worked with Edward Reines, a prominent member of the Federal Circuit bar who has worked in the area of patent rules for many years, to craft the proposal. Philip S. Johnson, testifying on behalf of the Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform, quoted the proposal in his testimony at the hearing entitled “Protecting Small Businesses and Promoting Innovation by Limiting Patent Troll Abuse.” He emphasized the importance of enacting legislation to avoid the results likely to occur if lower courts read Gunn broadly.

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