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Business leaders on Tuesday urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to include fee shifting in legislation it is debating to combat abusive litigation from patent trolls.

Speaking at a hearing the panel held on patent lawsuit reform, representatives of the Credit Union National Association, Printing Industries of America and Adobe Systems Inc. said provisions that call for the loser in patent litigation to pay for court expenses are necessary to effectively fight patent trolls.

Although absent in the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act, the Senate’s leading patent lawsuit reform measure, fee-shifting provisions are found in the House’s Innovation Act. That bill, which was authored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), cleared the House in a bipartisan 325-91 vote Dec. 5.

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