Senate Ready To Take Charge On Patent Reform

Law360, New York (January 4, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- With the Patent Reform Act stalled in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate is gearing up to take charge and get results by reducing the role played by industry groups and lobbyist.

The bill was penned last June by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property. Following several contentious hearings, the bill was watered down heavily to please a diverse crowd of interested parties.

Senate members could only watch with dismay as chasms between...
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