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2015 Senate Bill 289: Authorize sanctions for bad faith patent infringement claim

Public Act 550 of 2016

Introduced by Sen. Margaret O'Brien (R) on April 22, 2015
To authorize damages for the target of a patent infringement claim that is made in bad faith. Actual damages plus "exemplary" damages of triple the actual loss would be authorized, plus costs. If the target demonstrates a “reasonable likelihood” that the claim is made in bad faith then the court could order the claim seeker to post a bond equal to the target’s likely legal expenses.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 22, 2015
Reported in the Senate on July 1, 2015
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 9, 2016.
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(same description)
To authorize damages for the target of a patent infringement claim that is made in bad faith. Actual damages plus "exemplary" damages of triple the actual loss would be authorized, plus costs. If the target demonstrates a “reasonable likelihood” that the claim is made in bad faith then the court could order the claim seeker to post a bond equal to the target’s likely legal expenses.
Received in the House on June 9, 2016
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on June 9, 2016
Reported in the House on December 8, 2016
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Passed 107 to 0 in the House on December 15, 2016.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
(same description)
To authorize damages for the target of a patent infringement claim that is made in bad faith. Actual damages plus "exemplary" damages of triple the actual loss would be authorized, plus costs. If the target demonstrates a “reasonable likelihood” that the claim is made in bad faith then the court could order the claim seeker to post a bond equal to the target’s likely legal expenses.
Received in the Senate on December 15, 2016
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 15, 2016.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on January 6, 2017

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