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Hatch patent bill clears Senate Judiciary Committee May 22.

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

HATCH PATENT BILL WOULD GUARANTEE 17-YEAR PROTECTION FOR DILIGENT APPLICANTS by providing patent restoration for any "unusual" administrative delays at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, including failure to "issue a patent within three years after the actual filing date of the application." The provision is part of a revised version of Sen. Orrin Hatch's (R-Utah) omnibus patent bill (S 507), which was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee May 22 by voice vote.





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