Geoff Cohen, computer scientist at Elysium Digital, a litigation consulting company, said requiring someone to do more work before bringing a case shouldn't be a problem. "If you have a good hand you really don't care whether you have to put $10 down or $1 down because you're going to win and it doesn't bother you," said Cohen.
But patent reform will mean a series of trade-offs, warned Darren Donnelly, an attorney at Fenwick & West, who said that raising the bar too high on what's required to bring a suit could make it more difficult for a start-up to make a complaint against a large competitor.
The struggle for Congress and the courts is finding a way beforehand to determine what a meritorious or non-meritorious claim is, "and there is just no good way of doing that," said Donnelly.
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