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Patent Reform Bill Stalling?

Posted in Statute Commentary by Jake Ward on June 12, 2007

According to a number of reputable sources in the patent blogosphere (e.g., Promote the Progress, Patent Prospector, 271 Patent Blog), the Patent Reform Act of 2007 may be stalling in the U.S. Senate.  Following the hearings on June 6th, a number of Senators have issued a letter asking for more hearings, with notable concerns being stated as follows: 

Specifically, we believe that the issue of mandatory apportionment of damages, post-grant opposition, and broad rulemaking authority for USPTO need to be more carefully examined to ensure that they do not undermine innovation, increase frivolous litigation, or undermine property rights.

The Patent Prospector has provided a copy of the letter here.