Patent Reform Update: House Debates Patent Reform


On Wednesday, Representative Lamar Smith, introduced th House’s version of a patent reform bill to the House of Representatives.  The House bill is largely similar to the Senate Bill S. 23. passed earlier this month.  However, there are a few changes in the House bill that some industry representatives oppose, particulary on prior use rights and post-grant reviews.  Will this opposition reignite debate over patent reform?  Here is what the blogosphere has to say about the House’s patent reform bill and yesterday’s hearing…..

1.  Patent Overhaul Unveiled in U.S. House of Representatives (Bloomberg)

2. Patent Reform Introduced in House (Reuters)

3.  Sensenbrenner to Kappos: Prior User Rights is Poison Pill (IPWatchdog)

4. House Weighs in with its Version of Patent Reform (Morrison Foerster)

5.  House patent reform bill sparks debate (EEtimes)

6.  Deep Divisions Between Firms Large and Small Remain Over House Patent Reform Bill (

7.  BIO Commends Launch of House Patent Reform Process (Sun Herald)

8.  Patent Reform 2011:  House of Representatives Bill No. H.R. 1249 (PatentlyO)

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2 Responses to “Patent Reform Update: House Debates Patent Reform”

  1. patent_litigation says:

    One might expect the House to be more attentive than the Senate to the needs of independent inventors, but some of the House’s provisions indicate the opposite. The next time patent reform comes before Congress, our legislators should do more to solicit the input of independent innovators and other SMEs.

  2. […] version of patent reform, S. 23, in March, and on April 14, the House Judiciary Committee advanced H.R. 1249, sending the revised legislation to the House floor for further debate and a vote on the […]

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