A Decade Of US Patent Reform Must Not Be Undone

Law360 (August 1, 2018, 3:13 PM EDT) -- Today’s patent system is the product of nearly a decade of reform, thanks to which the quality of U.S.-issued patents has gone up and American innovation is flowering. Now a bill is before Congress — H.R. 6264, the Restoring America’s Leadership in Innovation Act of 2018 — to undo the reforms. It must not happen.

The reforms were a response to a crisis in the U.S. patent system, but a crisis that did not hit all inventors equally. For mechanical inventions, chemistries and pharmaceuticals, each application is often for an entire invention, or might be combined with one or a handful...

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