Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

House Patent Legislation May Renew Debate House Patent Legislation May Renew Debate

This ad will end in seconds
 
Close X

Not a member? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation
 

 

Technology / TECHNOLOGY

House Patent Legislation May Renew Debate

photo of Josh Smith
March 24, 2011

Provisions included in some working copies of the House's version of patent-reform legislation suggest the issue may face another fight, according to several draft copies of the bill obtained by National Journal.

The draft includes major changes incorporated in the Senate patent-reform bill that passed earlier this month, including first-to-file and fee-setting authority for the Patent and Trademark Office.

And while the House version gives the PTO director the authority to set or adjust fees, it still appears to mandate specific dollar amounts in some cases.

 

The working copy of the legislation also appears to contain weaker post-grant review provisions than the Senate's version, including allowing a longer time for challenging a patent. The draft language also sets the threshold for disputing a patent at a “substantial new question” of its viability, instead of the tougher, “reasonable likelihood” language in the Senate bill.

Small businesses have pushed for more post-grant protections, while larger businesses have complained that the Senate’s provisions are too restrictive.

The House bill is set to be introduced by Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, next week. A spokeswoman for Smith did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A hearing on the bill is scheduled for March 30.

More Technology
Job Board
Search Jobs
Biomedical Service Internship Position
American Society of Civil Engineers | Flint, MI
Fire Sprinkler Inspector
American Society of Civil Engineers | Charlotte, NC
Professional Development Program Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Farmington Hills, MI
Deputy Director of Transit Operations
American Society of Civil Engineers | San Jose, CA
Transportation Planner
American Society of Civil Engineers | Salinas, CA
Assistant Professor - Water Resources/Ecological Engineering
American Society of Civil Engineers | Auburn, AL
Product Manager - Chemical Development and Supply - Tulsa, OK
American Society of Civil Engineers | Tulsa, OK
Commissioning Intern
American Society of Civil Engineers | Chicago, IL
Assessment and Remediation Team Lead
American Society of Civil Engineers | Regina, SK
Business Development Manager
American Society of Civil Engineers
Sr. Controls Systems Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Grand Island, NE
Senior Project Manager- Transportation
American Society of Civil Engineers | San Antonio, TX
Materials Engineer 2
American Society of Civil Engineers | IL
Land Surveyor
American Society of Civil Engineers
Quality Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Attica, IN
 
Comments
comments powered by Disqus