My column from Sunday's Deseret News touches upon patent reform, which is actually a subject of strong interest to a range of Utah-based businesses.

“Innovation” is among the most highly prized civic and commercial virtues today. So much so that opposing sides in policy contests each claim its mantle.

Nowhere is this truer than in now-bubbling debate on Capitol Hill in Washington over patent reform. This isn’t a battle of David against Goliath. It’s a battle of Goliath against Goliath.

And the divisions aren’t based on political party. In the Senate, the co-sponsors of the bipartisan PATENT Act are deep-red Republicans Orrin Hatch of Utah and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and dark-blue Democrats Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Chuck Schumer of New York.

The bill, a convenient acronym for Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee June 4 on a 16-4 vote. On Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee considered companion bipartisan legislation known as the “Innovation Act.”

The bills’ target is that frequently derided species known as the “patent troll”: those who use a bogus claim and impose a litigation toll on an innocent entrepreneur going about creating jobs and driving economic prosperity.