Senate Bill To Curb AIA Reviews Sets Up Patent Showdown

By Ryan Davis (March 4, 2015, 8:15 PM EST) -- A Senate bill introduced Tuesday to make America Invents Act challenges much more difficult goes so far in strengthening patents that it has little chance of being enacted, attorneys say, but it provides a counterweight to competing legislation criticized for weakening patents and should spur heated debate in Congress.

Proponents of both the new STRONG Patents Act, S. 632, and the Innovation Act, H.R. 9, introduced in the House last month, say their bills aim to crack down on abusive litigation by so-called patent trolls, but the measures differ sharply in how they approach the issue.

The Innovation Act would make...

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