Overview of the Proposed Patent Reform Act of 2010


Members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee reached bipartisan agreement on patent reform legislation, which is being referred to as the Patent Reform Act of 2010. This article summarizes the main changes to U.S. patent law included in the proposed legislation. Highlights include changes on first-inventor-to-file, inventor’s oath or declaration, damages, post-grant review proceedings, supplemental examination, residency of federal circuit judges, “micro entity” definition, funding agreements, travel expenses test program, best mode requirement, district court pilot program and effective date, and rule of construction.

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