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Senator Cites Article by Charlene Morrow, Brian Lahti in Congressional Address

November 19, 2014

​Patent litigation partner Charlene Morrow and associate Brian Lahti were referenced as “experienced practitioners” who have advocated for fee shifting legislation that would make it easier for a prevailing party – either ­a plaintiff or a defendant – to obtain attorneys’ fees in a patent infringement suit.

Sen. Orrin Hatch took to the Senate floor to urge the Senate to take on patent trolls in the next Congress. He referenced Morrow and Lahti’s article in Bloomberg BNA, quoting, “nothing in [Highmark or Octane] addresses the proposed reforms to make the real parties in interest who are managing patent assertion entities responsible for fees and costs.”

He added that he agreed with Morrow and Lahti’s proposal “to make bonding more readily available at an early stage of litigation.”

Highlights from Sen. Hatch’s speech on innovation policy priorities are available through the senator’s website.