Senate Dems Float AIA Review Changes In New Patent Bill

Law360, New York (March 3, 2015, 5:51 PM EST) -- A trio of Democratic U.S. senators introduced legislation Tuesday that would make it more difficult to invalidate patents in America Invents Act reviews, a month after a competing patent reform bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., Dick Durbin, D-Ill. and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, introduced a 35-page bill titled The STRONG Patents Act of 2015, which would make significant modifications to inter partes review, post-grant and reexamination proceedings brought under the AIA, including how Patent Trial and Appeal Board panels are structured and how the PTAB can construe patent claims.

The senators said in a...

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