Reactions Mixed To Latest Senate Patent Reform Bill

Law360, New York (August 4, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The first Senate bill of the year that proposes to reform patent law was introduced without much fanfare on Thursday by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), but not without controversy.

The Generic Pharmaceutical Association expressed concern over a provision in the bill that would allow patentees to commit inequitable conduct before the Patent and Trademark Office without penalty, it said on Friday.

“We fully understand that the Senate bill seeks to provide needed reform to the U.S. patent process,” said Kathleen Jaeger, the...
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