Specter's Qualms Stall Patent Reform Act In Senate

Law360, New York (April 11, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- As the U.S. Senate continued negotiations on the Patent Reform Act in an effort to vote on the bill in the next few weeks, one of the leading critics of the legislation spoke out against certain provisions.

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), the ranking member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, said Wednesday that he had yet to reach an agreement with the committee chairman and the bill’s co-sponsor, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), on certain language addressing damages awarded in infringement suits.

“The chairman and...
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