Expanding Biz Method Review Could Swamp USPTO

Law360, New York (October 31, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT) -- If Congress expands a program that allows greater scrutiny of some business method patents as part of a bill aimed at cracking down on so-called patent trolls, it risks overwhelming the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and weakening patent rights, attorneys say.

A provision that would make the America Invents Act's business review program permanent and ensure that it can be used against a wide range of patents has been one of the more contentious aspects of the Innovation Act, the wide-ranging patent reform bill introduced...
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