Lame-Duck Patent Reform Efforts Go Nearly Unnoticed

Law360, New York (December 12, 2012, 3:07 PM EST) -- With most lawmakers focused on the so called “fiscal cliff” during the current lame duck session of Congress, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, has quietly once again proposed legislation to reform the United States patent system. This time, few seem to have noticed. Perhaps this is due to the larger looming fiscal issues before Congress or perhaps because the bill seeks mostly minor changes to the America Invents Act and does not address the industry’s more pressing concerns regarding the AIA’s new first-inventor-to-file system. Nevertheless, some of...
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