New Senate bill calls for study on improving patent quality

By Ryan Davis (August 2, 2022, 10:51 p.m. EDT) – Leaders of the U.S. Senate Intellectual Property Subcommittee introduced a bill on Tuesday calling for the evaluation of patent examinations, with the aim of ensure they lead to valid patents and uncover evidence of fraud in applications.

The Patent Examination and Quality Improvement Act states that studies indicate that many patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office do not meet patenting requirements and that the limited resources of the office impair its ability to conduct thorough and comprehensive examinations of patents.

The bill, presented by the senses. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Thom Tillis, RN.C., would require the Government Accountability Office to…

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