Expanded Patent Review Bill Won't Kill The Trolls

By Ryan Davis (May 7, 2013, 8:16 PM EDT) -- Legislation introduced Monday that would expand and make permanent a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office patent review program could provide a helpful way for defendants to fight off litigation, but likely is not the solution to the problem of "patent trolls" that it is being sold as, attorneys say.

The Patent Quality Improvement Act, S.866, would greatly expand a program created by the America Invents Act allowing companies sued over business method patents to challenge their validity. Under the bill, the program, currently limited to patents related to financial services, would encompass just about any business method patent and would continue...

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