Senate Bill Tips Scales For Patent Owners In AIA Reviews

Law360, New York (June 5, 2015, 8:45 PM EDT) -- Infringement defendants will have a tougher time getting patents invalidated in America Invents Act reviews if legislation approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday becomes law, attorneys say, since it includes changes to claim construction and other provisions that benefit patent owners.

While much of the PATENT Act, S. 1137, is designed to curb abusive lawsuits by patent trolls by raising pleading standards and mandating fee-shifting in more cases, a large section added to the bill Tuesday goes in the opposite direction and would shield many patents in AIA reviews.

For instance, the bill would require the Patent Trial and...

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