→ EFF Breaks Down the Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes Act

First, I approve of using the SHIELD acronym. Second, I have not read the actual legislation yet, so I cannot give detailed comments. That being said, it sounds interesting:

The idea behind the SHIELD Act is simple: if you sue someone, you better have a reasonable and good-faith belief that you are entitled to relief. In other words, a plaintiff needs to believe that a defendant actually infringes a valid patent before it sues. If it doesn’t, that plaintiff could be on the hook for the costs of litigation and for the winning party’s attorneys’ fees (which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in some cases).

And, probably most importantly:

This bill is also important because it would only apply to software and computer hardware patents.

I am going to have to dig deeper into this one.