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January 22, 2011

Return of the Leech

Sen. Patrick "the Leech" Leahy plans to place his sucker on the wallets of the suckers who dread and drool over patent reform. The 2011 Patent Reform Act will be introduced Tuesday. "Patent reform is a commonsense, bipartisan effort to protect jobs and bolster the economy," Leahy effused. The bipartisan bit is the expectation that senators on both sides of the aisle can bolster themselves, and protect their jobs, by raking in dough from lobbyists on this year's model of the patented shtick of much heat and little light about patents. From all sides, expect the battle cry to be: "move the economy forward." PTO Director Kappos is already beating that drum. The little stickler is what blood type of patent reform might bring the batta-boom bolster, making any "reform" contentious beyond practical passage.

Posted by Patent Hawk at January 22, 2011 8:46 PM | The Patent System


I haven't checked out the text yet, but from the synopses I've read it sounds like Leahy didn't include any provisions for discontinuing fee diversion in his supposed "patent reform" bill. Is he for real? I realize that, as a congressman, he might not be too eager to cut off a source of revenue for the legislature; but enough is enough. Also, I think this proposed legislation has way too many contentious issues to pass. If Leahy really wants to enact patent reform, I suspect that he may have to be somewhat less ambitious and more incrementalist in his approach.

Posted by: patent litigation at January 31, 2011 1:32 PM