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Congress Takes Up Patent Reform

10:33 AM MST | March 6, 2009 | KARA SISSELL

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D., VT) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R., UT) introduced patent-reform legislation last week that would overhaul the U.S. patent system for the first time in 50 years. Representatives John Conyers (D., MI) and Lamar Smith (R., TX) introduced a similar bill in the House. The Senate and House bills are similar to bipartisan legislation introduced during Congress’s previous session (CW, Sept. 19, 2007, p. 49). At that time, the House passed patent-reform legislation, and the Senate Judiciary Committee reported...

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