Representatives Rick Boucher and Howard Berman have decided to take their own stab at patent reform. While we (pretty obviously) have been pushing for patent reform for quite some time, we've been mostly disappointed by the attempts from Congress in the past. From the article discussing the Boucher/Berman bill, it sounds like it's a step in the right direction, though hardly a comprehensive reform plan. It would add two useful features: letting third parties comment during the application process as well as setting up a program for post grant reviews (hopefully one that's a lot more efficient and useful than what's in place now). Of course, none of this gets to the heart of the problems with the system, but if they can slow down the more egregious problems of the system, that's not a bad thing.
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