Patent Reform Bill Could Shift More Disputes To USPTO

Law360, San Diego (September 12, 2011, 11:37 PM EDT) -- The patent reform bill, slated to be signed into law as early as this week, is likely to spur more patent challenges before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office while at the same time driving down multidefendant litigation and other types of lawsuits, attorneys say.

The U.S. Senate last week approved the version of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in June. While the bill calls for a series of changes at the USPTO and on the prosecution side, it...
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