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H*3682 (Rat #0299, Act #0261 of 2016) General Bill, By Finlay, Bannister, Newton, Cole, Delleney, Weeks, Whipper, Robinson-Simpson and Bingham
Summary: Bad Faith Assertion of Patent Infringement Act
    AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 4 TO TITLE 39 SO AS TO ENACT THE "BAD FAITH ASSERTION OF PATENT INFRINGEMENT ACT", TO PROVIDE THAT BAD FAITH ASSERTIONS OF PATENT INFRINGEMENTS ARE PROHIBITED, TO DEFINE TERMS, TO PROVIDE FOR A PRIVATE CAUSE OF ACTION IN STATE COURTS BY A RECIPIENT OF A BAD FAITH ASSERTION TO PATENT INFRINGEMENT, TO PROVIDE THAT ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS MAY BE BROUGHT BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND WILFUL AND KNOWING VIOLATIONS MAY RESULT IN CIVIL PENALTIES OF NOT MORE THAN FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR EACH VIOLATION, TO PROVIDE FOR THE FACTORS THAT A COURT MAY CONSIDER WHEN MAKING A BAD FAITH DETERMINATION, AND TO PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS. - ratified title
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02/18/15House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 31)
02/18/15House Referred to Committee on Judiciary (House Journal-page 31)
04/22/15House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Weeks, Whipper
04/22/15House Committee report: Favorable Judiciary (House Journal-page 6)
04/23/15House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Robinson-Simpson
04/28/15House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Bingham
04/28/15House Read second time (House Journal-page 37)
04/28/15House Roll call Yeas-103 Nays-0 (House Journal-page 38)
04/29/15House Read third time and sent to Senate (House Journal-page 21)
04/29/15House Roll call Yeas-87 Nays-0 (House Journal-page 21)
04/29/15Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 13)
04/29/15Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 13)
05/01/15Senate Referred to Subcommittee: Gregory (ch), Young, Kimpson
01/27/16Senate Committee report: Favorable with amendment Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 12)
01/28/16 Scrivener's error corrected
04/13/16Senate Committee Amendment Adopted (Senate Journal-page 31)
05/24/16Senate Amended (Senate Journal-page 25)
05/24/16Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 25)
06/02/16Senate Read third time and returned to House with amendments (Senate Journal-page 51)
06/02/16Senate Roll call Ayes-42 Nays-1 (Senate Journal-page 51)
06/02/16House Concurred in Senate amendment and enrolled (House Journal-page 77)
06/02/16House Roll call Yeas-96 Nays-0 (House Journal-page 77)
06/06/16 Ratified R 299
06/09/16 Signed By Governor
06/15/16 Effective date 07/01/16
06/16/16 Act No. 261



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