Trade Groups Back Sweeping Reforms Of U.S. Patent System

Law360, New York (April 20, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Industry representatives praised plans for sweeping reforms of the U.S. patent system at a hearing held Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Several industry groups urged the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property to pass legislation to clamp down on rampant litigation costs.

At Wednesday’s hearing, IPO President J. Jeffrey Hawley endorsed a majority of the proposals advanced by committee chairman Lamar Smith of Texas.

Among the proposed reforms are the establishment of post-grant opposition procedures; the abolition of increased damages based...
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