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Exponent Health Sciences Newsletter - Changes in the Patent Landscape


June 3, 2011

Changes in the Patent Landscape:
Legislative Bills and Judicial Decisions—How They Affect Life Sciences and Other Industries

After several years attempting to pass legislation that would reform the patent system, it appears that Congress will soon succeed. The pending reforms are interesting, both for what is included and for what was removed from prior versions. For instance, provisions related to calculating damages in patent infringement matters are no longer being considered, although recent judicial decisions have changed the landscape regardless.

In this article, we examine the effects of some of those recent judicial decisions on damage calculations in complex patent litigation, as well as the potential effects of the proposed change from a "first-to-invent" to a "first-to-file" system on the life sciences industry in particular.

Download the latest issue of Health News (PDF) to read more about the impact changes in the patent landscape will have on the life sciences and other industries.