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- Patent Reform: A draft report on S.1145 is available here. [via PatentDocs]. Although currently supported by more Democrats than Republicans, this is a bipartisan bill that could pass. A summary:
Patent Reform: Remember, the House has already passed the companion bill. Passage could allow President Bush to ride out of office as the innovation president.
Patent Baristas discusses PTO’s “Suspicious Behavior” in the Tafas case.
- Change the system to a “first-inventor-to-file” system;
- Reduce patent damage awards;
- Enhance post-grant opposition proceedings;
- Provide for publication of all applications;
- Allow for better third-party submissions;
- Limit patent infringement venues;
- Allow the PTO to set its own fees;
- Remove the residency restriction for judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the
- Authorize USPTO to require pre-filing patent searches and explanations;
- Re-vamp the doctrine of inequitable conduct;
- Clarify the rules on unintentional delays in filing;
- Limit patent infringement liability for electronic check processing;and
- End USPTO “fee diversion”.