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The patent reform campaign rocketed to prominence late last year with the House of Representatives' 325-91 passage of the Innovation Act. The House bill also enjoyed fervent support from the White House and the efforts given a nod in the president’s State of the Union address.
But despite seemingly strong bipartisan, bicameral support, patent reform came to a quick end last month as Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy announced that he wouldn’t bring his own bill -- designed as a companion to Chairman Goodlatte’s in the House -- to a vote in committee. More than likely, this action was due to mounting pressure from opposing interest groups in an election year.
Many have speculated it will come back again next year if conservatives take control of the Senate, with stronger provisions for fee-shifting and other civil litigation reforms championed by Sens. Jon Cornyn and Mike Lee, among others.
In addition, the Supreme Court will soon announce its decision on the issue of software patents, potentially redefining what subject matter is patentable and how the Federal Circuit handles patent cases. just announced its decision on software patents in CLS Bank v. Alice Corp., expanding the reasoning it used in Bilski v. Kappos to rule a broader category of abstract ideas are not eligible for patent protection.
Please join us for a lunch and panel discussion on what's next for patent reform, challenges to balancing stakeholder interests, and the merits of different policy solutions under consideration.
Location: US Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 203-02
Zach Graves, R Street Institute
Charles Duan, Public Knowledge
Rebecca Tushnet, Georgetown University Law Center
Julie Hopkins, Tydings & Rosenberg LLP
William Rinehart, American Action Forum
Hill credentials are not a requirement for attendance. Lunch will be provided.