With the passage of what ended up as the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act in 2011, an extended, multiyear effort-often characterized as "patent reform" -- reached something of a culmination. The act outlined several significant changes in patent law, the first being a change in who was entitled to obtain a patent when two or more inventors were competing. What the America Invents Act did not do was close out the need for patent reform, particularly with the continuing challenge of so-called patent trolls. So the patent reform process is clearly not over, and Congress is again wading into the thicket with the proposed Innovation Act (HR. 3309), which was passed by the House of Representatives in early December 2013.
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