Saturday, February 12, 2011

Lamar Smith crafting House bill on patent reform

Andrew Ramonas at Main Justice notes that Lamar Smith, Judiciary Chairman, is preparing a House version on patent reform that tweaks the current Senate bill.

Carl Horton of GE is quoted on post-grant review (aka opposition), as if litigation were the only alternative to challenging a patent's validity.

On Horton's background:

Prior to becoming GE’s chief IP counsel, Carl Horton was lead IP counsel for GE’s healthcare,
electrical distribution and control and plastics/advanced materials businesses. Before joining GE, Mr
Horton was with the IP law firm of Burns, Doane, Swecker & Mathis. (...) Mr Horton received a chemical engineering degree with honours from the University of Utah,
and a JD, cum laude, from George Washington University in Washington DC. Mr Horton is currently
co-chair of the Alliance for Clean Technology Innovation and steering committee member of the
Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform and IPO. Managing IPmagazine named Mr Horton as one of
Top 50 IP professionals influencing IP globally and IP Law & Businessas one of the Top 50 IP
professionals under 45.

[information from ipbusinesscongress ]


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