Controversial Measures May Doom Patent Reform Act

Law360, New York (March 5, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- While much of the debate over the Patent Reform Act has centered on a proposal to reduce damages in patent infringement litigation, other measures in the legislation are also drawing their share of controversy and putting into question whether 2009 will be the year Congress is able to push through patent reform.

The U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives bills, introduced in early March, also aim to shift the U.S. patent system to a first-to-file system, add post-grant opposition proceedings and institute other changes that...
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