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Courts, Not Congress, Shaped Patent Law In 2007

Law360 (January 2, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Introduction

2007 was supposed to be the year that significant patent law reform was passed by Congress. Ironically, 2007 was a year of substantial changes to Unites States patent law – with significant ramifications for patent litigation – but all of those changes were a result of judicial rather than legislative action.

Although patent law reform stalled in the Senate, three Supreme Court decisions and one en banc Federal Circuit decision issued during the first eight months of the year. The Supreme Court’s rulings restricted the...
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