Election Leaves Fate Of Patent Reform Up In The Air

By Erin Coe (November 3, 2010, 8:05 PM EDT) -- With Republicans taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives and making significant gains in the Senate following midterm elections, patent reform legislation will be difficult to pass through a divided Congress, unless it is presented as a bipartisan measure and an economy booster, according to intellectual property attorneys.

While many major patent reform supporters held on to their seats, including Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., attorneys said voters on Tuesday sent a clear message to the White House that they were frustrated by the economy's sluggish recovery and wanted to see job creation become a top priority —...

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