Pretty much every year Congress tries to reform patent law, and there's always a big fight. Of course, the entrenched interests who are profiting tremendously off of the patent system have no interest in changing it, so every time patent reform is introduced, it eventually stalls out and goes nowhere. Each time it's reintroduced, the few kernels of good ideas are diminished and more bad ideas are included. And eventually you get to this year, where the patent reform bill basically leaves out most of the good ideas and includes plenty of bad ideas. So, it's at least some bit of good news that it looks like this bill has stalled out as well, as the House isn't happy with the Senate bill, and neither side seems willing to compromise any more. The patent system is in drastic need of reform -- but this bill will almost certainly make the system worse, not better. The likelihood of getting any useful reform seems pretty unlikely at this point. At best, we have to hope that the courts keeping making smart rulings on patents.
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