The U.S. House of Representatives began September by passing the Patent Reform Act of 2007. This bill, if enacted, would make major changes to U.S. patent law. Given the universally recognized need for improvements to the U.S. patent system, passing a patent reform bill in the House should have been easy. It was not. The Patent Reform Act of 2007 made it through the House only after a spirited debate. There were a host of complaints by House members that the bill was not ready for floor action. In the end, it passed the House by a relatively narrow margin, 220 members voting for the bill and 175 members voting against. What made for such tough congressional sledding?
Robert A. Armitage,
Now That the Courts Have Beaten Congress to the Punch, Why is Congress Still Punching the Patent System?,
Mich. L. Rev. First Impressions
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