Invention development services; required disclosure, civil penalty. (HB180)

Introduced By

Del. Peter Farrell (R-Henrico) with support from co-patron Del. David Ramadan (R-South Riding)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Invention development services; disclosure and civil penalty. Requires each contract for invention development services to include on its cover sheet a disclosure that the contract is a fee-for-service with no guarantees as to the outcome, a disclosure of the average amount of money spent by the invention developer per customer in promoting an invention, and information as to how to file a complaint regarding invention development services with the Office of the Attorney General. The measure also increases the maximum amount of a civil penalty that the Attorney General may recover in an enforcement action from $3,000 to $25,000. The measure also clarifies that collected civil penalties will be deposited in the general fund. This bill is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/23/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100927D
12/23/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/2014Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/21/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB180)
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB180)
01/29/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (10-Y 0-N)
02/03/2014Committee substitute printed 14104654D-H1
02/03/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2014Read first time
02/06/2014Read second time
02/06/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104654D-H1
02/06/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB180H1
02/07/2014Passed by for the day
02/10/2014Read third time and passed House (98-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/10/2014VOTE: PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/11/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2014Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/17/2014Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendment (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/2014Read third time
02/20/2014Reading of amendment waived
02/20/2014Committee amendment agreed to
02/20/2014Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/20/2014Passed Senate with amendment (40-Y 0-N)
02/21/2014Placed on Calendar
02/24/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB180H1)
02/24/2014Senate amendment agreed to by House (95-Y 2-N 1-A)
02/24/2014VOTE: ADOPTION (95-Y 2-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/26/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB180ER)
02/26/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB180ER)
02/26/2014Signed by Speaker
02/28/2014Signed by President
04/07/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 759 (effective 7/1/14)
04/07/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0759)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.