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FTC Report Urges Changes to Patent Policy

Law360 (October 29, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- The Federal Trade Commission issued its long-awaited policy paper on patent law Tuesday, recommending that patents be more difficult to obtain and easier to challenge.

The report proposed creating a new administrative procedure that will make it easier for firms to challenge a patent’s validity at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, without having to raise an expensive and time-consuming federal court challenge.

In a controversial recommendation likely to split the patent bar, the FTC urged Congress to allow courts to find patents invalid based on...
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