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December 24, 2010


Over a third of district court patent decisions are overturned, at least in part, on appeal. That's a lot of mulligan stew. Claim construction, requiring a rather intricate reading of ingredients, seems particularly vexing to black-robed blokes. For years, patent-savvy Congressional Rep. Darrell Issa has pushed a bill to train district court judges in patent law. He finally succeeded. H.R. 628, establishing a limited pilot program, to test the apparently doubted hypothesis that education matters, is expected to be signed into law.

Posted by Patent Hawk at December 24, 2010 5:02 PM | The Patent System


Even more encouraging recent IP news: the formation of a congressional IP subcommittee. Though it's questionable as to whether this will lead to much-needed patent reform, nevertheless the Obama administration's continued efforts on behalf of intellectual property are very much welcomed.

Posted by: patent litigation at December 28, 2010 1:26 PM