Patent Reform Bill Won’t Clean Up Patent Mess

Patent Reform Bill Won’t Clean Up Patent Mess

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Ars Technica analyzes the Patent Reform Act that has passed the House and is being debated in the Senate. Unfortunately for those longing for real, meaningful patent reform, the bill comes up short in some significant ways. Despite the heated rhetoric on both sides, it is unclear if the legislation will do much to fix the most serious flaws in the patent system.

A series of appeals court rulings in the 1990s greatly expanded patentable subject matter, making patents on software, business methods, and other abstract concepts unambiguously legal for the first time.

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