GE, Lilly Rip Proposed Biz Method Patent Review Expansion

Law360, New York (September 23, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT) -- General Electric Co., 3M Co., Eli Lilly & Co., Xerox Corp. and a slew of other companies and industry groups fired off a letter to lawmakers on Thursday, saying proposed legislation to expand a federal program facilitating challenges to business-method patents would hurt innovation.

The letter urged the leadership of the House and Senate committees on the judiciary to set aside legislative proposals to expand and make permanent a program created by the America Invents Act allowing companies sued over business method patents to challenge their...
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