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Patent Reform: Good or Bad?

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The House Judiciary Committee recently approved the America Invents Act amid controversy whether it is a positive or negative reform. Similar legislation has already been supported by the Senate. The act introduces a first-inventor-to-file system for patent approval and creates a post-grant review system to kick out bad patents. Supporters hope it will help curb frivolous lawsuits and address the current backlog of more than 700,000 patent applications.

While supporters argue a first-to-file system reduces the cost of patent disputes, critics fear it could favor big business in what might become a race to the patent office. Small businesses have also historically opposed any reforms which would weaken the legal tools available to assert their patents, but others argue patent litigation is a burdensome distraction which needs addressed. Regardless of where you stand, the act is now one step closer to becoming reality.

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