Representative Goodlatte has re-introduced the Innovation Act that easily passed the House in the last congressional term. Senate leaders have offered bipartisan support for a reform bill as has President Obama. The push for reform is primarily focusing on bad actors asserting bad patents. Primary elements of the bill would create a presumption of awarding attorney fees to the prevailing party and ensuring that those financing litigation can be held liable if the assertion entity is undercapitalized; requiring higher pleading standards for patent cases; and limiting discovery until after claim construction. Of course, the actual impact will very much depend upon the details of what passes.
Goodlatte is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. Issa is also in supporting the legislation in his role as chair of the IP Subcommittee.