Bill Seeks to Change Patent Awards
“The legal standard that has been applied in patent cases awards patents to the person who invented a concept first, and it has long been a unique feature of the U.S. patent system. This year, however, Congress is about to consider a controversial proposal from Rep. Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican, that would grant a patent to the first person to submit the paperwork –a standard that’s common outside the United States.
“The legislation suddenly has become a flash point about everything that’s right with the U.S. patent system–and everything that’s wrong with it.”
Declan McCullagh. Patent Bill Would Make Sweeping Changes. News.com. Sept. 13, 2005.
Michael Kanellos. Patent System’s Problems Defy Easy Solutions. News.com. Aug. 4, 2005.
Michael Kanellos. Companies Trying to Cash in Via Licenses, Lawsuits. News.com. July 20, 2005.