MBHB Snippets - Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law, Summer 2011, Volume 9, Issue 3

In This Issue:

1 On the Brink of Change — Congress Passes Patent Reform

1 ICANN’s Proposal for New Generic Top Level Domain Names

8 The Supreme Court Review of the Federal Circuit: Recent Decisions with Varying Impact

12 Attorney-Client Privilege in the Cloud

Excerpt from "On the Brink of Change - Congress Passes Patent Reform"

The need to reform U.S. patent law has been perceived for almost a decade. Reports from government agencies (e.g., the Federal Trade Commission in 2003) and the National Academies of Science (in 2004), and advice from academics, pundits, and others identified purported inefficiencies and inequities in patent law as interpreted by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and proposed solutions. Congress responded by introducing and passing (in one chamber or another) three different patent reform bills in the last three Congresses. But until now, there was insufficient consensus for Congress to pass a patent reform measure.

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