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Bill Could Trigger Wave Of Process Patent Suits

Law360 (December 8, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- Legislation is advancing in the U.S. House of Representatives to dramatically expand the scope of “process patents” and increase grounds for litigation in a variety of heavy-hitting industries that do research abroad.

The proposed bill, called the Informatics Act of 2005, was introduced in late November by U.S. Representative James Gerlach (R-PA) to amend U.S. Code 35, §271(g).

The current law, passed in 1999, prevents physical objects from being sold in the United States if they were developed through infringing manufacturing processes abroad.

Should the bill...
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