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US Senate Backs Patent Reform to Cut Backlog

Published Tuesday, March 8, 2011
by Thomas Ferraro and Diane Bartz

The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to overhaul U.S. patent laws, backing a measure aimed at chipping away at a huge backlog of patent applications and offering cheaper alternatives to litigation.

In a 95-5 vote, the Senate approved on Tuesday the bill that would boost funding for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and sets up mechanisms for objecting to patent applications and for challenging patents before they reach the courts.

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