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Lack Of USPTO Funds Risks AIA's Promise, Experts Say

Law360, New York (November 18, 2013, 8:18 PM EST) -- Two years after the America Invents Act was passed, its goal of providing a streamlined and cost-effective alternative to patent litigation is being undermined by the failure of Congress to provide the patent office and the courts with enough funding, experts said at a conference Monday.

While the 2011 patent reform bill created useful new proceedings that let accused infringers challenge the validity of questionable patents, it did little to ensure that bad patents are never issued in the first place, Suzanne Michel, chief patent counsel...
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