This article discusses an amendment to patent reform legislation released by the Senate Judiciary Committee in March of 2010. The author explains a new procedure introduced in the amendment called "supplemental examination" that (s)he describes as a likely "effective tool to bar an inequitable conduct allegation if the USPTO considers potentially material prior art that does not raise a new question of patentability." Finally, the author details significant revisions to patent reform’s "post-grant review."
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