According to several Washington insiders, there was great pressure to pass the patent-law changes quickly. Some lawmakers are questioning the motives behind the law and the rush to passage.
"This bill was clearly rammed through by the wealthiest of transnational technology companies," Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, said in a phone interview. "This bill should be renamed the Steal American Technologies Act."
IPBiz notes that no one has presented any cogent argument to validate the "second window" of post-grant review. If bad patents are being issued, the "quality" response is to correct the examination process, not to add another layer of "inspection." The "second window" operates to favor infringers with more resources over smaller inventors.