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Patent Reform Bills Clear House And Senate Judiciary Committees

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

The House and Senate Judiciary Committees each approved versions of patent reform legislation last week that respond to some concerns raised by device and drug lobbyists, but industry will seek more changes before the bills go to a floor vote

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