By TIMOTHY J. BROWN, Associated Press AUSTIN (AP) — In Texas, where lawmakers passed legislation that makes it easier to sue businesses for infringement of intellectual property rights, it’s still legal for companies to pay their own way to defend themselves.
But the law has not applied to Texas’ own private law firms.
Texas has been an unlikely place to take advantage of Texas’ law.
The state’s attorney general has been criticized for allowing companies to get away with paying fees for legal work in other states.
The law was created by a 2003 law that requires a firm to pay its own way.
The problem with that law, the Texas Law Reform Commission wrote in a report released last year, is that it is unclear if it applies to Texas law firms or private law attorneys.
The panel found that “many lawyers in Texas, including Texas attorneys general, fail to understand the requirements of the Texas statute” in its wording.
The report was the latest effort by Texas to address a problem that some lawmakers have argued has been growing in recent years.
While Texas lawmakers were considering whether to pass legislation this year that would make it easier for private law lawyers to collect fees from businesses that infringe on intellectual property.
Texas legislators passed the law in 2003, a law that was designed to prevent companies from using intellectual property to protect themselves from lawsuits.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was among those who pushed for the law, saying it would protect Texas consumers and businesses.
The Texas law, known as the Texas Intellectual Property Protection Act, requires companies to negotiate with their attorneys for a fee for their legal work.
But in Texas and in other state laws, attorneys have been free to charge their own fees for their work, even when the work is not in the public interest, said John Gossett, a Texas lawyer who is a member of the panel.
Paxton said he is confident the law would not affect Texas law.
Paxtons law office declined to comment.
He said the panel’s report, which was written by lawyers who specialize in intellectual property law, was not an assessment of the law.
“I have confidence that all of the private law professionals who worked on the legislation were completely in compliance with it,” he said.
Paetz, who has been on the Texas legislature’s legal task force for the past five years, said he expects to see the bill passed this year.
Texas was the first state to pass a law making it easier and more effective to collect damages for businesses that are accused of violating intellectual property laws.
The legislation passed the Texas House and Senate last year.
The bill was signed into law by Gov.
Greg Abbott on June 10.
The measure is expected to become law by the end of this year, with the state Supreme Court expected to hear arguments in September.