The Innovation Act that was awaiting a House vote this month is apparently not yet ready for prime time.
The controversial bill intended to call the bluff of patent trolls, aka patent assertion entities, was pulled from the House calendar Wednesday as bipartisan opposition mounted to its sweeping reforms that many in the biotech field feared would endanger legitimate patent holders.
Thus, with the August congressional recess looming, the bill isn't likely to come up for a floor vote in the House until at least September. In the meantime, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the sponsor of H.R. 9, said he will continue to grow support for its patent reforms. He's hoping for a rerun of the 325-91 vote a similar bill garnered in the House in 2013. (That version of the Innovation Act was scrapped in the Senate Judiciary Committee.)
"We already have over 200 groups supporting H.R. 9 and that list grows with each day," Goodlatte said. In the