National Research Council Urges Patent Reforms

Law360, New York (April 19, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A research panel chartered by Congress to advise the government on scientific matters has recommended sweeping reforms of the United States patent system.

Among the reforms recommended by the National Research Council in a paper published Monday are the adoption of a a "first-inventor-to-file" policy at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; an open review procedure for patent challenges; expanded use of USPTO examination guidelines; as well as stricter adherence to the “nonobviousness standard.”

“Greater compatibility among the U.S. patent system and those of the European...
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