USPTO Chief Foresees New Patent Law By Year's End

Law360, New York (February 7, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Despite opposition to pending patent reform legislation from several quarters, including the White House, the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is reportedly optimistic that Congress will enact a bill this year.

The increasingly contentious Patent Reform Act passed the House last year but has yet to make it to the Senate floor. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have reaffirmed their intention to advance the bill by the end of February.

Various provisions of the Senate bill have brought objections from...
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