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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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Patent Reform, Take II
3 March 2009 5:22 pm
A bipartisan group today revived a plan to streamline and overhaul the U.S. patent process. Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate introduced matched bills to push the U.S. system toward a patent rationale used elsewhere in Europe—giving priority to the person who is first to file a claim of invention rather than to the one who argues successfully that he or she was the first to make the invention. The reason: It’s easier and cleaner to determine priority in filing than priority in discovery.
The would-be reformers include senators Patrick Leahy (D–VT) and Orrin Hatch (R–UT) and representatives John Conyers (D–MI) and Lamar Smith (R–TX). Their effort—which they claim is the first major attempt to fix the system in 50 years—got mired in a debate last year over how to assess penalties for breaking the rules and died. The reform also got bogged down in the competing interests of the drug and electronics industries. The first hearing on the 2009 version of patent reform will take place in the Senate Judiciary committee on 10 March.