Financial Independence For The Patent Office

Law360, New York (July 19, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT) -- While headlines rightly focus on Congress’ stalled efforts to address our nation’s growing fiscal problems, federal lawmakers can and should be congratulated for at least one important legislative achievement — the recent overhaul of our patent laws.

Most observers agree that once completed, the new provisions will reduce the costs of filing new patent applications and resolving patent disputes while reducing the number of improvidently granted patents, and bringing our patent practices into greater harmony with those of other industrialized nations. Unfortunately, the House and Senate...
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