Bipartisan Group Of Sens. Call For Patent Reforms

Law360, New York (January 20, 2011, 7:37 PM EST) -- A bipartisan group of senators is prepared to endorse patent reform legislation that will shift the U.S. to a first-to-file system, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and ranking member Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Thursday.

Moving to a first-to-file system — which essentially gives preference to the first person or company to attempt to patent a technology rather than the first to think it up — will simplify the patent application system and bring the U.S. in line with most of its trading partners, the senators...
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