A key US bill cracking down on patent trolls just got closer to becoming law

More than a year after Senate leaders thwarted an update to the nation’s patent system, a new bill targeting so-called patent trolls has cleared a key hurdle in the chamber, paving the way for a vote on the Senate floor. Here’s everything you need to know.Fill me in. What just happened?The Senate Judiciary Committee just approved a version of the Patent Act, a bill that makes it harder for patent owners to file lawsuits against businesses such as start-ups, restaurants, coffee shops, florists and building contractors.

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