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Patent Reform Proponents See Potential in New Bill

February 1, 2011

From the latest edition of National Journal Daily:

Supporters of the latest legislation designed to reform a cumbersome patent system are heartened by what they see as increased momentum for change.

President Obama made innovation and economic competition the keystone of his State of the Union speech a week ago, and on Monday administration officials kicked off a program to jump-start entrepreneurship in America.

Speaking at the event to launch the "Startup America" initiative, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke singled out patent reform as an important step to help American companies compete.

All that attention bodes well for Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy's newest version of patent reform, scheduled for markup on Thursday, said Bill Mashek of the Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform.

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