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The new head of the National Center for Science Education promises to "fight the good fight" against attacks on...
Analyses of the H7N9 strains isolated from four new cases show that the virus is evolving rapidly, heightening anxiety...
In 2009, Jack Szostak shared a Nobel Prize for his part in discovering the role of telomeres, the end bits of...
Science has exposed a thriving academic black market in China involving shady agencies, corrupt scientists, and...
Paper-selling agencies flourish in the aura of reputable businesses. For some scientists, it may be difficult to tell...
Featuring the first lunar rover in 40 years, Chang'e-3 is seen as an important milestone on China's quest to send a...
Data collected by satellites and floating probes have chronicled a 2-decade rise in the temperature and thickness of a...
Cholesterol, the artery-clogging molecule that contributes to cardiovascular disease, has another nasty trick up its...
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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.