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Courting Patent Reform

Law360 (April 15, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- After years of promises and false starts, it appears that Congress is one step closer to approval of sweeping legislation to overhaul the nation’s patent laws.

In 2007, the House of Representatives passed a patent reform bill only to see the effort falter in the Senate, and the issue remained dead throughout 2008.

But, prospects for patent reform got a big boost recently when the Senate Judiciary Committee reached a compromise on controversial issues pertaining to damages and post-grant review that had stopped the previous effort,...
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