The Politics of Patent Law: Why Patent Reform Failed in 2015 and Prospects for 2016

Vol. 8 No. 6


Pauline Pelletier is an associate and Eric Steffe is a director at the law firm of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC.

While patent reform appears to be an issue of perennial interest to lawmakers, the floors of Congress are littered with failed attempts to bring about large-scale, systemic change. To be sure, small and important changes to the patent code have been successfully enacted over the years. But prior to passage of the America Invents Act (AIA) in 2011, the last major patent reform occurred in 1952. This article provides an overview of pending congressional efforts to change the dynamics of patent litigation and recent events that may affect the legislative appetite for reform in 2016.

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