In our last article, we discussed the principles and incentives behind the patent system. Patent law reform efforts are meant to reduce inefficiencies, improve patent quality, and eliminate abuses that have the potential to stifle rather than promote innovation.
Starting in 2006, a patent law reform bill has been introduced in Congress annually. The Patent Reform Act of 2011 is a bipartisan piece of legislation that will be introduced on the heels of Obama’s State of the Union Address. Here are a few proposed patent law changes it contains:
Whether or not the bill is enacted, an experienced patent lawyer will prepare your patent while keeping in mind potential changes to the patent system in the future.