Representative Latta's Amendment to Change False Marking Statute Reintroduced
The former proposal is generally more popular than Latta's latter. An amendment proposal approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2010 was solely directed to limiting enforcement rights to competitors.
I recently spoke with newly elected Senator Chris Coons of Delaware about the latest proposed amendments to the False Patent Marking Statute. He indicated that the "competitive injury" limitation may be acceptable but the $500 total cap on damages would not. Senator Coons also acknowledged that amending the False Patent Marking Statute may have become a pawn in the larger political battle over the Patent Reform Legislation.