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Refined Patent Eligibility Bill Coming This Summer, Sens. Say

Law360 (June 11, 2019, 10:35 PM EDT) -- Lawmakers leading the push to expand patent eligibility said Tuesday that they will alter their proposal following three days of hearings in order to emphasize that “true abstractions” and natural laws can’t be patented, but still aim to introduce a final bill this summer.

At the final hearing on a draft bill that would undo U.S. Supreme Court decisions restricting what can be patented, Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., said the feedback from witnesses including tech and pharmaceutical companies, former patent officials and intellectual property law groups had left him “really convinced that we need further refinements.”

The draft language unveiled last...

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