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US Senate slows pace of patent reform legislation

David Hatch, Washington DC

Following swift passage in Washington of comprehensive patent legislation by the House of Representatives, the Senate signals it is on a much slower timetable. Some are also trying to get the controversial issue of expanding the CBM programme back on the agenda.

The intense debate in Washington over legislation designed to rein in "patent trolls" accused of pursuing frivolous infringement litigation is set to extend well into 2014.

Despite swift passage on December 5 of patent reform legislation by the Republican-controlled House,...

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