First-to-file challenged by conservatives
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has countered a challenge within his own party as to the constitutionality of the first-to-file provision of patent reform
Conservative organisations from
the Eagle Forum to the American Conservative Union (ACU) wrote
Capitol Hill earlier this year that, were Congress to shift to
first-to-file, it would "exceed its constitutional authority
and hamper our free- enterprise system".
Eagle Forum's Phyllis Schlafly
– who has adamantly opposed the Equal Rights Amendment
since the 1970s -
is urging Tea Party Members of Congress to oppose the bill,
calling harmonisation with other countries on patent
registration a "new dogma of globalism".
The bill's sponsor, Republican
Lamar Smith of Texas, in a May 23 letter insisted the argument
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