2015, 2017, 2018, 2019…

The Stronger Patents Act just wont go away. While the bill has been introduced several times over the years, it has never gotten any significant traction. Since its initial introduction, several of the bill’s Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) provisions have been mooted by regulatory changes. What remains would effectively repeal the AIA to the point that the PTAB would no longer be a viable option — a non-starter for everyone but Bio/Pharma and small inventors.

So, what is different now?
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Copycat House Bill to Generate Positive Buzz?

Today, Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Representative Bill Foster (D-IL) introduced H.R. 5340, the so-called “Support Technology & Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience (STRONGER) Patent Act.” The bill (here) is a carbon copy of the Senate Bill (save some cosmetic changes). On the