Congress Mulls Watered-Down Patent Reform

Law360, New York (September 19, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A watered-down proposal to overhaul U.S. patent law is advancing on Capitol Hill, with industry representatives mostly cheering the latest draft of the bill at a House Subcommittee hearing last week.

Key changes to the bill include the removal of provisions that would have limited continuation applications, created a “second window” for opposing new patents and changed the way permanent injunctions would be granted.

Four witnesses presented testimony at the hearing, representing groups most impacted by patent reform. Representatives of the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and computer software...
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