Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Leahy says patent reform is back

Reuters reports:

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will take another crack at overhauling the nation's patent laws and protecting personal privacy this year, the panel's Democratic chairman, Senator Patrick Leahy said on January 11, 2011.

IPBiz notes that Leahy and Republican Lamar Smith have been on the same page for a while BUT the position of the new (Republican) House on the "reform" agenda of the IT industry is not so clear. It was House Democrats who deep-sixed S.515 last time, but a reform package like S.515 won't fare any better with rank-and-file Republicans.


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