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US Senate votes to pass historic patent reform legislation

Date: 10 March 2011
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On 8 March 2011, the United States Senate voted to pass an historic patent reform legislation. The main features of this bill are:
 
  • First-to-file system - precedence to the first inventor to file an application
  • Attack backlog - diverting fees back to the Patent Office to hire examiners
  • Alternatives to litigation - ability to challenge patents after they are granted to avoid litigation
 
Though it has not become law in the United States as yet, it is a critical development step along the way.
 
FB Rice will be monitoring future developments.
 
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