Senate Passes Bill To Amend Patenting Under Joint Research Agreements

Law360, New York (June 28, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that amends a section of the patent code to allow patenting of obvious variations of inventions made under joint research agreements.

S. 2192, "Cooperative Research and Technology Enhancement (CREATE) Act,” was passed by the Senate on Friday. Earlier this year, The House passed a similar bill, HR 2391, by a voice vote.

The bill would amend Section 103(c) of the Patent Act, which is codified at 35 U.S.C. § 103, to address a controversial court ruling.

Section 103(c) currently...
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