USPTO Seeking 'Balance' In Patent Bill, Office Head Says

Law360, Washington (April 4, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is committed to ensuring that legislation to curb abusive patent litigation is effective without hindering innovation, the head of the agency said Friday at a conference where many executives said they are worried the legislation could do more harm than good.

In a keynote speech at the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property Law Conference in Arlington, Va., USPTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee said the office is working with Congress to craft legislation that protects the rights of patent owners while reducing "costly and needless litigation."

"Every one of us in the business of intellectual property...

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