Patent Reform Bill Passes in U.S. House of Representatives

Today (September 7, 2007) the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1908, the Patent Reform Act of 2007.  The House version includes:

  • a switch to the “first to file” system for determination of patentability;
  • a section that permits assignees (rather than inventors) to file on behalf of the inventor;
  • limitations on damages in patent infringement cases;
  • a new “post-grant review” proceeding; and
  • limitations on venue in patent infringement cases.

The Senate counterpart to the House bill is currently awaiting the scheduling of a vote. 

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